Abramovich made clear to Di Matteo: Torres MUST succeed at Chelsea

Fernando Torres' failure to find his best form cost Roberto di Matteo his job at Chelsea.

Fernando Torres' failure to find his best form cost Roberto di Matteo his job at Chelsea.

The Daily Mail says upon his appointment, Di Matteo presented Roman Abramovich with a list of summer transfer targets.

Radamel Falcao, the free-scoring striker with 36 goals in 50 appearances for Atletico Madrid in his first season in Spain, was at the top of it.

But before Chelsea’s manager could even make a case for the Colombian striker he was cut short. Abramovich told him he already had a world-class finisher and the message was clear: Torres was to play. It was a message that was repeated on an almost daily basis.

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