Blues quiz Torres over interview

Torres spoke to the official website of Spain’s Primera Liga last
week, with an English translation later appearing on the striker’s
personal website. Torres, who has endured a miserable run in front
of goal since his £50million move from Liverpool, was quoted
as branding Chelsea’s “older” players as “very slow”, and hailing
new team-mate Juan Mata as a necessary signing. Manager Andre
Villas-Boas sought an explanation from Torres, who claimed his
words were not translated accurately on his own website. On Monday,
Chelsea were seeking to obtain a copy of the interview in its
original Spanish and Villas-Boas revealed he would warn Torres not
to speak so candidly about the club in future if the translation
did stand up. He said: “We are going in-depth to regain the tape of
that interview. “We’ll see if things play exactly as they are in
that interview.” The interview was authorised by Chelsea, otherwise
Torres would have been facing a fine. Asked what action would be
taken if the translation proved accurate, the Blues boss said:
“We’d just talk. Just talk. To share opinion. “If it was
unauthorised, I’d fine him. Of course.” He added: “Anyhow, it’s one
player’s perspective. “I don’t think it’s a perspective that the
manager shares. I don’t have to share my players’ ideas sometimes.
“I think we have competence, apart from the ‘age problem’, which
for me is not a problem. “Maybe we just have to speak about that
situation and he has to see our view as well.” Torres’ travails
show no sign of abating, the 27-year-old losing his place in the
side for Saturday’s Premier League win at Sunderland, having also
failed even to make the bench for Spain’s European Championship
qualifier against Liechtenstein. Villas-Boas did not offer Torres
an explanation, having admitted 48 hours earlier that he would not
hesitate to drop the striker if it benefited the team. “I just made
the changes,” said Villas-Boas today as he pondered whether to
recall Torres for Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Bayer
Leverkusen. “I think any player who’s not part of the squad or the
selected players is not happy. “I’m glad because maybe you can
stimulate them to go one step further, or motivate them a bit
more.”