Villas-Boas: Torres issue over

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, where he was quoted as branding Chelsea’s “older”

players as “very slow”, and hailing new team-mate Juan Mata – whom

he set-up for Chelsea’s second goal in stoppage time – as a

necessary signing. In the build-up to Tuesday night’s game, which

was sparked to life by a fine second-half goal from Brazil defender

David Luiz, Villas-Boas revealed he would warn Torres not to speak

so candidly about the club in future if the translation did stand

up. Chelsea now consider the matter closed. “We had a chat and the

situation is solved. The investigation is over,” Villas-Boas said.

“You saw the player involved and he put in a good collective

performance, like the team did. “Hopefully these things won’t arise

in the group again. If they do, it will be the manager who has to

resolve it.” Villa-Boas refused to confirmed whether the misfiring

Spain striker had done enough to play his way into the starting XI

for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League showdown at Manchester United.

“I have to make a decision. We have another couple of days to

train, and he will compete with the other four for that position.

We have to take the best decision possible,” the Chelsea boss said.

With one eye on Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford, Villas-Boas rested

Chelsea captain John Terry completely and left Frank Lampard on the

bench. Chelsea laboured through much of the match, with England

under-21 forward Daniel Sturridge the main livewire before Luiz

tucked home what looked set to be the winner on 67 minutes.

Villas-Boas, though, was happy enough. “We have to be fair that

Leverkusen went one on one with our goalkeeper before we scored,

but we had numerous chances throughout the game. We deserved to win

this game,” he said. “An international week has gone by, then we

had Sunderland after two days and then, after another two days, a

Champions League win against a very tough team. “But I’m pleased,

particularly with good passing and fluency in the game.”

Villas-Boas felt there should be no issue with his team selection.

“It’s just fairness compared to the amount of talent that we have

at our disposal,” he said. “It would be a mistake for me not to try

and keep everybody motivated. That’s the task of any manager. “I

don’t see any braveness in it. I’m sure the players have not

suffered from it as a result in the past.” Villas-Boas accepts his

team will face “different kind of challenge altogether” when

domestic action resumes this weekend. “We face United perhaps in

their most tremendous moment of motivation and flair and style,”

said the Chelsea manager, who feels Didier Drogba may need more

time to recover from a head injury, the striker only set to resume

training with the squad at the end of the week. “A team that has

made its impact at the beginning of the Premier League different

from last year, but I think it provokes in us a good challenge.

“Motivation will be the key factor in the game, and the capacity of

people to transcend themselves and take the game through and come

back from Old Trafford with a win. “We will go there to try to win

it. Let’s see how it happens. It’s going to be a very, very good

game early season for the Premiership.” Leverkusen manager Robin

Dutt believes his team can take encouragement from their encounter.

He said: “We showed we can cause problems and put a lot of hard

work in. “We managed to go into half-time without conceding, then

were unlucky through Michael Ballack that we did not take the lead.

“However, Chelsea did not make any mistakes and we will get more

experience from this as a team.”