Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Essien backs Torres to fire

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien insists the players are not worried about the barren run being experienced by new signing Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard has so far been unable to score since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, but could break the drought in perfect fashion if he can get on the score sheet during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Manchester United.

But Essien says the playing group is not concerned, and think it’s only a matter of time before Torres begins finding the net.

“We know it is going to come. As you can see he has been working really hard,” Essien said.

“He has the support from everyone so it is going to come and you just have to be patient. He’ll start scoring for us and everything will be fine.”

Fellow Chlesea midfielder and Torres’ former Liverpool team-mate Yossi Benayoun also backed the Spanish ace to begin finding his feet and Essien agreed with the Israeli.

“Fernando (Torres) is one of the best strikers in the world and in Europe at the moment. When he starts scoring I think all the noise about him will stop and it’s just a matter of time,” Essien said.

“He’s come to a new club and he needs to settle but with the players that we have, we know he will deliver when he is really settled.”

Torres is without a goal in seven appearances for the Blues.

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