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Jose Mourinho gives Fernando Torres the dreaded vote of confidence

Christof Koepsel

In his pre-match press conference earlier today, Jose Mourinho was inevitably asked about Fernando Torres.  No, the question wasn't "Are you going to throw him under the #14 or the #211 bus?"  The question was, "Does Fernando Torres have a future?"  "At Chelsea" or "at Stamford Bridge" was not included in the question, but I suppose that much is implied.  Jose must've implied the same, as he didn't respond with "Yes, on Mars."  But I digress.

"Yes, he has a future. He has a contract, he's a good professional, he works hard for the team and brings positive things to the team. Obviously we want him to score more goals, obviously he wants to score more goals, it's not just me that wants it, he wants it."

"During his time at the club he's had moments, some of them important moments, but he hasn't had a lot of stability in his performances."

"He's had moments with important goals, despite having not scored a lot during his time at Chelsea. We have six league matches and one Champions League match that can be transformed into three. I trust that he can have these moments."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

Business as usual then on just another day at Torres FC.

Then again, in the cold light of day, there's hardly anything else Mourinho can say at the moment.  André Schürrle didn't exactly put together a coherent center forward performance on Wednesday.  And with Samuel Eto'o out for the foreseeable future ("for sure, he will be ready this season but I cannot say a match or a date when I'm expecting him to be back") and Demba Ba with a foot out the door already, we're going to need Torres to find some of those "flashes of brilliance" a few more times this season.

The alternative is unacceptable.

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