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Di Matteo backs Torres in face of Gullit jibe

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Fernando Torres has come under fire from Ruud Gullit © PA Photos
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Roberto Di Matteo has defended Chelsea striker Fernando Torres again after former Blues boss Ruud Gullit criticised the Spaniard following Wednesday's Champions League draw with Juventus.

Gullit said it sometimes felt "like Chelsea are playing with 10 men'' after the 2-2 draw in which the £50 million man cut little ice in front of goal.

But Di Matteo backed his striker, saying: "We're happy with him. Even when he doesn't score, he provides and works hard for the team and he's always an outlet for us. At the moment, there is no issue for us.''

Having netted three goals in the opening four games of the season, Torres appears to have gone back into his shell but Di Matteo added: "He's full of confidence and he's playing and he's playing well and he's scoring goals; not in the last couple of games but he's scored.

"He's always busy, keeping defenders busy and moving and doing the right stuff. I don't see any problem you are talking about.''

With Daniel Sturridge out injured, Torres is currently Chelsea's only recognised centre-forward and Di Matteo made it clear they would not be switching formations to include the so-called 'false nine' as Spain do.

He added: "That's not in discussion at the moment. We have a forward and we're happy with our forward. Hopefully, Daniel Sturridge will be fit and back soon as well. At the moment, our system is playing with a forward.''

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