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Andre Villas-Boas believes the media have an obsession with Fernando Torres, but the Spanish striker cannot keep himself out of the headlines at the moment.

Last week it was a sublime goal and ridiculous miss at Old Trafford. Against Swansea City, Torres was hero and villain, beauty and the beast, Jekyll and Hyde – choose your own cliché.

Torres scored one terrifiic goal and set up another to put Chelsea on their way to victory over the Welsh side, but then left his side playing with ten men for 50 minutes after a dreadful two-footed lunge on Mark Gower that brought a deserved red card. All of this took place in the space of ten minutes.

It meant Villas-Boas had a more anxious second-half than he would have liked and will now be without the services of his £50m striker for the next three league games.

It also ensured that most post-match conversations, in the pubs and on air, revolved around Torres once again. Yet it had all started so brightly for the Spanish striker.

Having scored his first goal of the season last week, he was off the mark within half an hour, opening the scoring with a stylish goal, made in Spain.

Juan Mata chipped a pass forward to Torres, who sharp as a tack, moved off his marker, took the ball on his chest and spun to fire a shot into the far corner of goal.

It got even better six minutes later when Torres took out three Swansea players with a pass from the halfway line that sent Ashley Cole away down the left. Cole swept the ball across for Ramires, raiding down the right, to take one touch before firing through the legs of goalkeeper Michael Vorm.

But then came a moment of madness from Torres that left his side, already with Frank Lampard dropped to the subs’ bench, down to ten men. Gower had the ball on the halfway line, close to the touchline and certainly not in a threatening position. What prompted Torres to go flying in with both sets of studs showing is a mystery, but the conclusion of it was not. Torres was apologising for his action before almost sliding into the Swansea dugout.

Referee Mike Dean had no hesitation in showing the Spaniard a red card, giving Swansea a numerical advanatge.

The visitors knocked on Chelsea’s door repeatedly after half-time, but the Blues stood firm. Nathan Dyer rattled Petr Cech’s crossbar, John Obi Mikel made two vital blocks in front of goal, and Ashley Williams had a header cleared off the line.

But Chelsea broke quickly and Anelka also hit the bar before Ramires made it 3-0 after running on to Jose Bosingwa’s through ball in the 76th minute.

Williams headed a late goal that was of little consolation to Brendan Rodgers, the former Chelsea coach, on his return to Stamford Bridge.

There was time for Didier Drogba to make a well-received return after recovering from the serious head injury he sustained against Norwich last month, and the striker made it 4-1 with a low shot in stoppage time.

But all the talk was about Torres – again.

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