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Di Matteo: I may drop Torres

Roberto Di Matteo says he would be prepared to drop Fernando Torres from the Chelsea team to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League if it is the 'right thing' to do.

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Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker could be dropped for Champions League tie at Ju

Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker could be dropped for Champions League tie at Ju

Torres has scored just once in his last seven appearances for Chelsea and again looked out of sorts during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Di Matteo is ready to make changes for Tuesday's crucial Champions League game away to Juventus and conceded Torres was one of the players who could lose his place.

He said: "Am I prepared to leave Torres out on Tuesday? I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.

"A lot of players only came back Thursday afternoon or Friday from internationals in Europe and the rest of the world.

"We will assess them and see what the right selection is for Tuesday. If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yes."

The Chelsea boss is also aware that his team have to improve defensively after conceding 18 goals in eight games.

Di Matteo added: "I think as a team we have to be better defending. You don't defend with one player - you defend with the whole team, like you want your whole team helping when you are attacking as well.

"It is a defensive organisation on the pitch that we need to look at and, as I said before, maybe I have to do some changes.

"We have got bodies in midfield - the 4-2-3-1 system really helped us last season after the change (of manager) but maybe in terms of personnel we have to do something different."

Di Matteo is also at a loss to explain another dip by Chelsea during November after picking up just two points from three Premier League games.

He said: "It is very difficult to explain. It is not just one year - it has been three years in a row.

"You have top, top players - they play every three or four days. That amount of games can affect them, but it is not only that.

"It is a challenging time when you don't win games and you need to instil confidence in players and to the team and that is going to be a tough job."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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