Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas shrugged off dropping Fernando Torres yesterday. Torres was dropped by Chelsea for their 2-1 win at ­Sunderland.

Manager Villas-Boas had warned he was prepared to axe the £50million misfit.

Danny ­Sturridge was preferred and scored for the Blues with an ­audacious backheel.

Without Torres and the injured Didier Drogba, Chelsea used Sturridge and Nicolas Anelka in ­attack.

Villas-Boas said of the Torres axing: "Was it brave to do that? I don't feel brave - no. We decided to go with this because Nicolas hadn't played in the international break."

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