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.
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.”