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Posted by isport at 11:13

The Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said that even a great striker like Fernando Torres needs competition up front if he is to perform at his best. There have been suggestions that Chelsea have got the best out of the 28-year-old Spaniard only after the departure of Didier Drogba from the club.

However, the manager Roberto di Matteo has dismissed the such speculation by saying that Fernando Torres has always been performing well last season with not necessarily scoring the goals in order to grab the headlines. Further, he has said that Torres has the competition in the form of Daniel Sturridge and cannot perform poorly and still expect to keep his place.

Chelsea have made a great start to the season after winning the first three matches of the new Premier league campaign. Even though they might have suffered a lot in the pre-season matches, the good start to the season made by the club has been mainly due to the form of Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres. After failing to score for more than 24 hours of Premier league football last season, the former Liverpool striker has already scored three goals in four matches for the club.

"Competition is very important for a professional sportsman. I don't think the way Fernando has started this season is because Drogba is not here. He started this season very well, with a lot of confidence, but there's competition there. We have Daniel Sturridge as well. Competition is very important for us," said the Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo ahead of the match with Fernando Torres' former club Atletico Madrid in the Super cup. Chelsea are also looking to bring in the German international Andre Schurrle before the end of the transfer window. The Bayern Leverkusen striker could cost up to £ 20 million.