FERNANDO Torres can rest easy. Any thought the £50million man will lose his place in the heart of Chelsea’s attack were laid to rest today when manager Carlos Ancelotti reckoned he once waited six months for one of his strikers to score – never mind the seven hours logged by the luckless Spaniard.
As it happens, the player who kept his manager waiting even longer also once played for Chelsea – Hernan Crespo, but Ancelotti insists Torres is doing a great job in the forward line.
The manager said: “I am very patient with my strikers. The team has to score, it’s not just a striker – and Torres and the others are moving well to open space for midfielders like Frank Lampard – and that’s very important.”
Although Chelsea face Manchester City on Sunday – it’s the game against the other Manchester side on April 6 that has really caught the imagination.
That infamous slip from John Terry in the 2008 Champions League final cost Blues the trophy all fans and millionaire owner Roman Abramovich really want to win.
But any thought of immediate revenge was brushed away by the Chelsea manager.
Ancelotti said: “If Chelsea reach the final in London that would be a good revenge for 2008 – not (beating) Manchester United.
“The players can remind themselves about the final in 2008 perhaps – and they can also remind themselves they have beaten United this season and last.
“We know everything about them – so there will be no surprises.”