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Apr 19, 2011

Ancelotti: Torres will score

Carlo Ancelotti says Fernando Torres will end his lengthy goal drought before the end of the Premier League season.

Since his £50 million move from Liverpool at the end of January, Torres has failed to score in 871 minutes for club and country and has looked a shadow of the player that set the Premier League alight when first moving to Merseyside in 2007.

Some bookmakers are now taking bets on whether Torres will score in the remaining six games of the season, but Ancelotti is unconcerned about his record signing ahead of Wednesday's game against Birmingham.

"He will score," Ancelotti said. "He can score if he plays. It's very difficult to change the team that played so well against West Brom, not just for the result, not just for the performance. They did very well against West Bromwich.

"We are working with him like we are with the other strikers. He has exercises to score - shooting, crossing - but nothing different from the others.

"I think he wants to score and he's not happy for this reason. I would like to see my players every time happy and with confidence. It's not a good moment for Fernando, but I want to do my best to support him."

Ancelotti has the task of keeping his side motivated knowing that a trophyles season surely awaits them, with Manchester United eight points ahead in the Premier League table. However, the Italian does not expect his players to ease off at all.

He said: "They are Chelsea players, they are professional. This is football, that sometimes the manager can change. They are working with me at this moment. Maybe they will work with me in the future. Maybe they will not work with me in the future, but with another coach."

Wednesday's opponent Alex McLeish says he can sympathise with his opposite number, who is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

He said: "I can relate to what is happening with Carlo. I went trophyless one of the seasons at Rangers. That is not very good in the eyes of the Rangers fans or anyone associated with the club.

"Carlo will be feeling the same. We know the law of the jungle as managers. You are going to get scrutinised and criticised. Chelsea are expected to win things and Carlo gets scrutinised on that basis. Equally if I don't keep the team in the Premier League, I'm going to get it in the neck as well. We all have relative pressures.

"But Ancelotti is a cool dude, has been around the block a few times, has massive experience.''

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