IT’S MATA OF TIME BE­FORE

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By IAN WINROW

FER­NANDO TOR­RES can prove he is no £50mil­lion flop de­spite his on­go­ing Chelsea night­mare, says fel­low Spa­niard Juan Mata.

Tor­res once again fired blanks as the Blues blew their ti­tle hopes in the 1-1 Box­ing Day draw with Ful­ham.

That only con­firmed a mis­er­able 12 months for the Spain striker, who has had a dis­as­trous time at Stam­ford Bridge since join­ing from Liver­pool last Jan­uary.

With one league game left, Tor­res is set to end 2011 hav­ing scored fewer Premier League goals for his new club than he did for Liver­pool in the cal­en­dar year.

Tough

Tor­res struck four for the Reds last Jan­uary – but has notched just three times in the league for Chelsea.

But team-mate Mata reck­ons the flood­gates will soon open for the striker.

He said: “Fer­nando is work­ing hard ev­ery day in train­ing and, for sure, the goal ar­rives soon.

“Fer­nando al­ways has the goals and, for sure, for Chelsea he has to score a lot of goals.”

The frus­trat­ing home draw with Ful­ham left

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