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Roberto Di Matteo has launched his most sustained defence yet of Fernando Torres after the striker's latest Chelsea horror show.
Torres arguably looked more than ever like a ?50million misfit in Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk as his Jekyll-and-Hyde form showed no sign of abating.
The 28-year-old has been performing better outside the box than at any point during his nightmare first 18 months at Stamford Bridge but is still nowhere near the ruthless goalscorer Chelsea made the most expensive player ever acquired by a British club almost two years ago.
Although he has netted six times this season he has fluffed countless other gilt-edged chances, especially when put clean through.
And unlike last term, when he played second fiddle to Didier Drogba, Torres has no such excuses at present, having been the only player to start all of Chelsea's matches this season.
He will almost certainly continue that run in Sunday's crunch top-of-the-table cla...
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Jonny Evans has backed referee Mark Clattenburg for sending off Fernando Torres in Manchester United's 3-2 win at nine-man Chelsea in what was a controversial encounter at Stamford Bridge.
He said: "Chelsea really came at us and put the pressure on us and it was tough. We were probably lucky to see it out 2-1 at half-time.
"You've got to show character...
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Fernando Torres only has himself to blame for his sending off in Manchester United’s 3-2 win...
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has launched a passionate defence of his under-fire Spanish striker Fernando Torres. The 50 million...
Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United's clash with Chelsea could have gone either way up until Branislav Ivanovic's sending-off for the Blues.
The boss did not see a problem with Fernando Torres' controversial dismissal after he earned a second yellow card for what referee Mark Clattenburg adjudged to be a dive following a challenge by Jonny Evans...
- [Video] Fernando Torres red card vs Manchester United October 2012 Sent off Dive - This Fernando Torres red card vs Manchester United ( VIDEO BELOW) reduced Chelsea to nine men in their 3-2 loss against the Red Devils on October 28, 2012. Torres was sent off for alleged simulation by referee Mark Clattenburg, resulting in a furious altercation between Chelsea manager Roberto...
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the current Chelsea side is not the best one he has faced during his time in charge of Old Trafford.
United forward Wayne Rooney has echoed Ferguson's sentiments that Chelsea have a wealth of attacking options at their disposal and he has jumped to the defence of former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
Roberto di Matteo accused Mark Clattenburg of "ruining" Sunday's game. That was the least damning of the charges leveled against the soccer referee.
Chelsea has accused Clattenburg of using racially abusive language toward at least one of its players, the Mirror reports.
The allegations follow a contentious Premier League game between Chelsea and...