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Dream attack

Posted: 07 Feb 2011 09:44 PM PST

Torres believes Chelsea will be deadlier upfront soon

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 13:18:00


GIVING THE HONOUR: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque (centre) and Torres (left) receive the Laureus Team award from the president of Laureus Foundation Spain, Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, during a live television link-up from Madrid, Spain with Abu Dhabi, in Madrid, Spain this morning

LONDON: Fernando Torres is in no doubt Chelsea's dream attack can all fit together and drive the Blues on to a successful end to the season.

The £50 million (RM244.8m) Spanish striker's much-hyped first appearance in a Chelsea shirt failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, where he was eventually replaced after 65 minutes as the Reds went on to win 1-0 through Raul Meireles.

Liverpool, who continue to improve under Kenny Dalglish following a fourth successive league victory, deployed three central defenders which limited the impact of both Torres and Didier Drogba, who were supported by Nicolas Anelka.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti vowed he will "try everything" to make the new system work, stressing it would not be long before they saw the best of Torres, who had only joined the club on transfer deadline day.

Torres, 26, cannot see any reason why such attacking talent cannot all slot together in a razor-sharp diamond.

"When you have good players you have to try and keep the balance, keep working on the system," Torres told Chelsea TV.

"There are a lot of good players here and a lot of possibilities and chances to play.

"We have to know that there are still a lot of games to come and we have to be ready to play in different positions.

"It doesn't matter because the main thing is the team."

While he admits Liverpool caught Chelsea out with the way they closed down any space in the central areas, Torres maintains Ancelotti's men will not dwell on the result.

"It was very difficult, Liverpool played a good game, with three at the back. We were not expecting that and maybe they took advantage of that. We didn't have enough chances to score, but we had two or three controversial chances at the end when maybe we could have had a penalty," he said.

"I think the fair result was a draw. It was unfair to lose that game, but now we are looking forward to the next game and will keep fighting until the end. There are a lot of points still to play (for)."

Apart from an early chance when he latched onto a stray pass from Maxi Rodriguez and then fired his 20-metre effort over the bar and a close-range effort blocked by Jamie Carragher, Torres rarely troubled the Liverpool backline.

The travelling supporters barracked their former Kop idol at every opportunity, and took great delight in his substitution — chanting, "You should have stayed at a big club" when he sat down in the Chelsea dugout.

However, Torres preferred to look on the positive welcome received from the Stamford Bridge faithful.

"Obviously everyone wants to win, especially if it is their first game at home, but I will still have very good memories about my reception here and want to thank all of the Chelsea fans for that nice reception," he said.

"The result was not the best, but we have to keep going and fighting until the end."

Torres has joined up with Spain squad for their friendly against Columbia in Madrid, and insists there are no signs of the fitness problems which hampered him at the World Cup and for Liverpool earlier in the season.

"I am fine," he said. "I have had no injuries this season at all."

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Players are behind Hammer boss, says Reid

Posted: 07 Feb 2011 09:31 PM PST

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 13:18:00

LONDON: Defender Winston Reid insists the whole West Ham squad remains behind manager Avram Grant despite Sunday's 1-0 demoralising defeat to Birmingham.

The Hammers had looked to be on the up after a midweek win at Blackpool, but their hopes of jumping out of the relegation zone were smashed by Alex McLeish's team at Upton Park.

Lanky striker Nikola Zigic took advantage of some sloppy defending by West Ham's makeshift defence to nod home Sebastian Larsson's freekick and round off a disappointing day for the lacklustre Hammers.

Grant's position came under serious scrutiny last month but the Israeli clung on to his post despite rumours that the Hammers had lined up Martin O'Neill to succeed him.

He will be under more pressure if his team lose at West Brom this weekend but Reid insists that everyone at the club still has faith in Grant, and urged his teammates to bounce back from their latest disappointment with a victory at The Hawthorns.

"Of course, we're behind the manager. Everyone is behind him," said Reid.

"The loss (to Birmingham) was hard to take because we wanted to win this game and move out of the bottom three but we will have to work hard on the training pitch and make sure that we come back next time.

"We have to start winning games and we have to have confidence that we can go to West Brom and get points."

Reid has had limited first-team opportunities so far this season but may start against the Baggies after West Ham's defensive injury crisis deepened on Sunday.

Centreback Matthew Upson had to be withdrawn at half-time with a recurrence of his Achilles injury and James Tomkins pulled out of the game in the warm-up after injuring his calf.

Striker Robbie Keane also picked up a calf injury.

Grant admitted Sunday's injuries had not helped, but is confident he can pick his team up again and win at West Brom.

"We need to think about the next game now. We need to look at the positive things that have happened in the last few weeks and look forward," said the former Chelsea boss, who turned 56 on Sunday.

"The situation is not easy. Also it is not easy to lose players in the warm-up and after 35 minutes like Upson. But we need to deal with this and take points.

"If you look at what we've done this season you'll know that after every disappointment we've recovered very well. This is part of the thing we are working on and I hope it will prove to be the case again."

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