Fernando Torres will score soon predicts Carlo Ancelotti

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident striker Fernando Torres will end his goal drought soon enough despite the £50million striker drawing another blank at Blackpool last night.

The Blues won 3-1 thanks to two goals from Frank Lampard and one from John Terry, with Jason Puncheon adding a late consolation for the Seasiders.

However, Torres - playing up front with Didier Drogba - hardly had a chance all night and never looked like coming close to scoring.

He has now gone five matches, a total of 406 minutes, without opening his account since his deadline day move from Liverpool but Ancelotti insists he is not concerned.

"He is showing good movement; he showed good movement with Drogba in the first half," said the Italian.

"I think they played well, it was a good combination at the start of the game.

"I didn't ask them to play closer, I wanted them to spread the Blackpool defence.

"It is important he works for the team and he is doing that now and game by game he will improve and he will score.

"We are happy about his performance. He is a top scorer and he will score, this is not a problem."

The win moved Chelsea within nine points of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester with a match in hand but Ancelotti has stressed they cannot afford to be distracted by thoughts of a title defence.

"Our aim at this moment is to stay in the top four. We are closer to Manchester United but we have to prepare for the next game and prepare game by game.

"Now we have nine points and another game (in hand) against Birmingham but it is too far to think we can come back in to fight for the title.

"To take it game by game is easier for us."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, whose side have won once in nine matches and are just two points above the relegation zone, was disappointed with the result but not his side's performance.

"We are a bit sore because we didn't feel we deserved that, we didn't deserve to be more than two goals away from them," he said.

"We needed something to give us a bit of belief, we needed the second goal in the game but unfortunately they got it.

"Frank Lampard said they were not on their game but they beat us."



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