ANDRE Villas-Boas has warned he will tolerate Fernando Torres' goal drought only as long as it doesn't affect the whole team's performance.
Torres, scorer of just one Chelsea goal in 21 games and this week dropped by Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, has looked like improving his game this season after a sluggish start in the spring.
Villas-Boas says the Spaniard is generally happy with his recent imrpovement.
He said: “From the feedback he has given me, the most important from this player is not just what he has achieved in terms of goals.
“He didn't lose his talent because he's played 21 games and scored one goal. Talent is there and the question is regaining confidence. We have to persist.”
But the manager gave a warning, saying: “But it can't compromise the team. The moment it compromises the team it has to come to an end.”
Asked what Torres would have to do to keep his boss happy, Villas-Boas said: “I like my team to win, better than the strikers scoring. I am never concerned with the amount of goals a striker scores.”