Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists the club has maintained plenty of belief in misfiring striker Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard has reached 17 matches and 1000 minutes without a goal which is his worst dry run in England but the Blues are continuing to sick by their £50million purchase.

"It is normal, he is taking his time," Villas-Boas said.

"The confidence is there and we believe a lot in the player, he helped the team with his lay-offs and passing and in this situation he has to continue to persist and maybe we can create opportunities that can help us win games.

"If we need to create more opportunities for him to score then that's what we need to do."

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