Di Matteo backs Blues forward
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has defended striker Fernando Torres following his lacklustre display at Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Spanish international has been guilty of inconsistent form this season, although his performances have in general been an improvement on his displays during the previous campaign.
Torres failed to impress at Shakhtar on Wednesday as Chelsea slumped to a 2-1 defeat but Di Matteo insists he has no fears over the frontman's form.
"I have no concerns about Fernando," he said.
"He always works hard for the team and, whether he scores or not, he's always contributing.
"We can't just rely on one player. We want to share the responsibility.
"Sometimes, he gets more chances, sometimes less. But he's been scoring goals, he's been making goals, and we can't expect him to be scoring every game."
Torres has managed six goals to date this season but the striker has also missed a number of relatively straightforward chances, but Di Matteo has no concerns regarding the striker.
He added: "He just had a difficult season but I think this season is completely different.
"He started very well, he's playing well, he's looking good, so I would rather focus the energy on now and the future.
"I think he's shown all the signs from this season."