Chelsea latest: Torres escape, best of #LukakuFacts and Bucharest

Fernando Torres Glum

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge with a special mention to on-loan Everton star Lukaku.

One of the major Chelsea-related stories of the day will be that striker Fernando Torres will not be subject to any further sanctions following his actions during the recent 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

While iconic goalkeeper William 'Fatty' Foulke was said to have the reflex action of a cat, a century later Chelsea can brag a player with an attacking and clawing feline prowess as Torres was seen to have scratched the face of Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.

As a match official was witness to the incident, no retrospective disciplining can occur, as per the following FA statement: 'The FA will take no action against Chelsea’s Fernando Torres in relation to an incident involving Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen which occurred in the 50th minute of their match on Saturday 28 September 2013. One of the match officials saw the coming together of the two players, albeit not in its entirety.'

The scratching led to Mourinho branding Vertonghen 'a disgrace' for his role in Torres receiving his marching orders for an early bath, however, Tottenham gaffer Andre Villas-Boas believes the Belgium international and club captain has displayed his own personal values while praising his character.

Meanwhile, heading into this evening's crucial Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest, creative midfielder Oscar who has scored five goals in the competition for Chelsea, told the club's official website that he will aim to add to his tally in Romania.

'The result against Basel [2-1 loss] has made the game against Steaua even more significant. It's a very important game for us, we need to make sure we get three points in order to get back up the table and help us with qualification from the group stages.

'At least it was the first game in the competition, we now need to put it behind us and look ahead. It's crucial that we put in a massive effort because the remaining games in the group are now so important. For now, we must just focus on Bucharest and hopefully getting a good result.'

He concluded: 'I hope I can continue to perform at a high level and score goals, but the most important thing for everybody is that the team win matches.'

And finally, the #LukakuFacts hashtag has seen fans of the powerful striker lay claim to Chuck Norris-style factoids but, regardless, a clutch of them have caused a smile at Here Is The City headquarters.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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