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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has warned misfiring striker Fernando Torres he has two matches to up his game or face being dropped.

Villas-Boas insists he will not jeopardise his team’s ambitions for the sake of an individual.

The Portuguese said: ‘I have no problem dropping players. You have to persist, but it can never compromise the objectives of your team and the things you want to achieve.

‘At the moment, when it compromises the running of the team, it has to come to an end. I don’t have a first-choice striker. We have to make choices regarding what we see in training.’

Fernando is here to be successful domestically and internationally. One of our main focuses, I think, is getting the best out of the players. We try to free them to exploit their talent and we hope to do it with all of them.’

Didier Drogba’s absence from Chelsea’s next two matches because of concussion gives Torres, 27, his chance to show Villas-Boas he merits his place in the team.

The £50million striker has scored just one goal in 21 appearances for the west London club and Villas-Boas says Torres’ goalscoring slump is due to a lack of confidence.

The Chelsea boss added: ‘The talent is there, it’s a question of regaining confidence from training and time and finding the back of the net.’

However as Torres’ problems continue, the more and more inclined people become to compare him to Andriy Shevchenko, who by common consent flopped at Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas, who was a scout under Jose Mourinho when Shevchenko signed, disagreed.

‘I think Sheva went through a fantastic period of trophies at Chelsea,’ he said of the striker, who won the Carling Cup and also played a part in Chelsea’s run to a successful FA Cup final. ‘(He was) maybe not as successful as when he was at AC Milan in terms of European titles but successful domestically.’

Torres may soon be out of excuses, with Chelsea having recruited the kind of players during the transfer window that should get the best out of him.

They included fellow Spaniards Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu but Villas-Boas played down the impact Torres’ compatriots might have on his game.

‘They’re people that Fernando knows and knows from going to the national team with Mata,’ he said. ‘It’s just friendship and social behaviour outside the pitch. They’re things that are not related to football performances on the pitch. So I wouldn’t say that he would benefit or not from that situation.’

Source: DailyMail

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