Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that £50million striker Fernando Torres’s goal drought is not a problem, after he watched his front two fail to score again against Blackpool.
Chelsea beat Blackpool 3-1 at Bloomfield Road last night, thanks to goals from John Terry and a Frank Lampard brace, but both Drogba and Torres looked out of sorts.
Chelsea’s first goal came against the run of play, as Terry rose unmarked and headed in a Lampard corner, but Blackpool were largely the better side in the first half.
Ancelotti replaced Drogba with Kalou at half time, and it was Kalou who caused Blackpool the most trouble, winning the penalty with Frank Lampard converted to put the Blues 2-0 up, and then playing a delicious through ball to Lampard for the third.
Torres played for the full 90 minutes and worked hard without any success and a Jason Puncheon goal 5 minutes from the end left Chelsea reeling as Blackpool piled on the pressure.
Ancelotti was less concerned by Torres’s form, which has seen the striker fail to score since making his move from Liverpool to the capital.
“He is showing good movement; he showed good movement with Drogba in the first half,” said Ancelotti.
“I think they played well, it was a good combination at the start of the game.
“I didn’t ask them to play closer, I wanted them to spread the Blackpool defence.
“It is important he works for the team and he is doing that now and game by game he will improve and he will score.
“We are happy about his performance. He is a top scorer and he will score, this is not a problem.”
Chelsea are now only 9 points behind Manchester United, with a game in hand and a trip to Old Trafford to come, but Ancelotti still insisted the club should forget about thoughts of defending their title.
He said, “Our aim at this moment is to stay in the top four. We are closer to Manchester United but we have to prepare for the next game and prepare game by game.
“To take it game by game is easier for us.”