Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TORRES WILL PROVE YOU ALL WRONG, SAYS TERRY; 'DON'T COMPARE NANDO TO SHEVCHENKO' Torres Will Come Good, Says Blues Skipper JT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TORRES WILL PROVE YOU ALL WRONG, SAYS TERRY; 'DON'T COMPARE NANDO TO SHEVCHENKO' Torres Will Come Good, Says Blues Skipper JT

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Byline: Tim Rich in Hong Kong

JOHN TERRY today backed under-fire Fernando Torres to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish striker has had a lacklustre pre-season in which he has only scored one goal, against Wycombe.

Torres struggled to recapture his form after his [pounds sterling]50million move from Liverpool in January's transfer window and only found the net once in 18 appearances -- against West Ham in the Premier League in April.

His lack of form has drawn comparisons with Andriy Shevchenko, another big-money signing who failed to live up to his reputation after moving to west London from AC Milan in 2006, scoring 22 goals in 76 appearances.

Chelsea are here in the Far East on the final leg of their pre-season tour and Torres will have another chance to shine against Hong Kong champions Kichee tomorrow in the first match of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

With the opening match of the new League season at Stoke on August 14 rapidly approaching, Terry is confident the World Cup winner will come good and dismissed any notion that Torres will go the same way as Shevchenko.

"That kind of talk is unfair to Nando," Terry said. "When he started last season with Liverpool, he was very open about the injury he picked up at the World Cup. After he joined us he would ideally have liked more goals than he has scored.

"Right now we are all 85-90 per cent with our fitness, and so is he, but we will keep on working. Naturally, there is pressure on him but he can deal with it. He is one of the best strikers in the world, after all."

The one big difference between Shevchenko and Torres is that, domestically, the Spaniard has yet to win the trophies his talent demands.

He never finished in the top four at Atletico Madrid while his time at Liverpool, which featured some often brilliant individual performances, brought him nothing more than a second-place finish in 2009.

"He is hungry," Terry insisted. "He wants to win the Premier League and that was the first thing he spoke about when he joined us in January. …

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