Fernando Torres started this season with some aplomb. But just one goal in seven games, coinciding with us winning just two from seven, means it looks like the bench may well be calling for the big clash on Tuesday night with Juventus.
Sturridge may be given a chance, more out of desperation than him forcing his way into the team, with Di Matteo saying “If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yeah, I will leave him out”
“When we moved Daniel Sturridge up there, he looked a danger. He had a very good chance saved by the keeper and another put wide. He was always a threat to the defence. We need to score goals, this is clear.”
He may not have set the Hawthorns on fire, in fact most of our team looked ice cold as we succumbed to a loss which was just simply frustrating.
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Four games since we last won, and Tuesdays Champions League clash is certainly more of a must-not-lose, rather than a must win. We sit a point ahead of Juventus, who are bound to come out and attack, and put huge pressure on our makeshift defence, which looks poor at best without John Terry in the middle.
Its extremely easy to run around, arms aloft, screaming ‘We’re doomed, we’re doomed’ but the fact is, despite only collecting two points from our last twelve in the league, we are just four points behind reigning champions Man City, and of course play them next weekend.
However, Fernando Torres simply must find form before January, or those rumours of a Falcao swap may well become reality, or maybe El Nino already knows this is the case, hence the lack of confidence and form.
The tie with Italy’s Old Lady may well be a welcome distraction for Di Matteo’s boys, and with the likes of Ashley Cole, Ramires, Oscar, Ivanovic, and Mata back, you would expect confidence to be back. That is providing they get a result though. A loss in Italy will heap even more pressure on the team, and with a trip to the Etihad on Sunday, this week could well make or break our nervous November.
By Brad Smith