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Chelsea boss reckons Torres goal drought is all in the mind

Chelsea's caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo says £50m striker Fernando Torres goal drought, scoring just five times in 13 months, is a result of problems in his head. Di Matteo, who dropped Torres to the bench for Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke, told The Sun: "He has a psychological problem and only Fernando can unlock it.

"If he needs me, I am always here but it is obvious the change must come from him.

"He must not think about how much he cost the club.

"He must concentrate only on playing and not about scoring, or providing an assist or making a great play every time he touches the ball.

"He should not think about scoring goals, only about playing simple football. The rest will take care of itself.

"My approach with Fernando will always be a natural one."

Di Matteo admits the striker is lacking confidence but is certain he will eventually rediscover his previous goalscoring form.

"He just needs to regain his confidence," he added. "Fernando is still a great striker and I am sure he has not forgotten how to score goals.

"He is one of the strongest forwards in the world.

"He has scored so many goals in recent years and I'm sure he will continue to do so in the future. He will succeed because he is still young."

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