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Andre Villas-Boas hands support to Torres

TEAMtalk :    Andre Villas-Boas has claimed Fernando Torres would be mentally weak if he had allowed Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba to intimidate him.

Villas-Boas was confident Torres had not become the latest Blues striker to be “devoured” by Drogba, as Carlo Ancelotti claimed this week.

Ancelotti, who Villas-Boas succeeded as Chelsea manager last summer, insisted Drogba had to be sold for Torres to flourish at Stamford Bridge.

But Villas-Boas rejected Ancelotti’s analysis on Thursday afternoon, saying: “It would be unfair for a player of Fernando’s personality and dimension to conclude that one is inflicting on the other one’s belief.

“If that was the case with any player, it would be a mental weakness or a mental block, which is not the case in my opinion.”

Ancelotti picked Torres ahead of Drogba after the Spaniard’s record-breaking £50million move from Liverpool almost a year ago, but soon recalled his rival.

Villas-Boas began his own reign with Torres as his first-choice striker, but the 27-year-old only began scoring when Drogba was out injured.

He then lost his place again to the Ivorian before being restored to the starting line-up following Drogba’s departure for African Nations Cup duty.

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