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Mourinho will fit Chelsea tactics around Torres

ESPN staff
August 3, 2013
Fernando Torres has struggled for regular form since moving to Chelsea © PA Photos

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that his side will alter their style of play this season to bring the best out of Fernando Torres.

Torres, 29, joined the Blues from Liverpool for £50 million in 2011, but has struggled to reproduce the form that won him so many admirers at Anfield.

The Spain international has found himself playing alone up top for Chelsea, and has often drawn criticism for his displays.

However, Tores still managed a respectable 23 goals for the club last term, and Mourinho feels this is proof that the striker can get back to his best if the Blues can adapt their game to suit him.

"I work based on his qualities and I try the team to play for his qualities because sometimes it is easier to say the player failed, the player is not playing well, the player is not performing," Mourinho told ESPN in an exclusive interview.

"But if you ask players to play in a way where they are not playing for their qualities, it is a bit difficult. Fernando is not a player to play with the ball at his feet, for that we have other players.

"Fernando is a man of depth, he is a man of movement, he likes to go and get the back of defenders, so this is Fernando. So if we can adapt our game and give him what he needs, I think he will get success again."

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