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Di Matteo: Torres lacking confidence

March 13, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo believes out-of-form striker Fernando Torres has a "psychological problem" but is confident the Spaniard will return to scoring ways.

Fernando Torres
GettyImagesFernando Torres is 23 minutes away from 24 hours without a goal

• Di Matteo to persevere with Torres

Torres, 27, has failed to impress since signing for Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011 for £50 million, scoring just three Premier League goals in 36 appearances.

The Spain international is closing in on 24 hours without a goal for the Blues and was an unused substitute during Chelsea's 1-0 win over Stoke on Saturday.

Di Matteo, though, is optimistic of a change in fortunes for Torres, telling 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.

"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. He just needs to regain his confidence."