Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Sky Sports’ coverage of their game against Stoke City on Saturday, claiming they heaped unnecessary pressure upon Fernando Torres.
Mourinho said this week that the Spaniard still has a future at Stamford Bridge, despite only scoring four Premier League goals so far this season. The Chelsea boss has frequently gone on record about the lack of goals from his strikers, with Samuel Eto’o also having only bagged eight in the league.
Mourinho admits Torres must improve his strike rate in front of goal, but also laid into Sky Sports’ coverage on Saturday where a cameraman frequently circled the striker in the build-up to kick-off.
"I think it was unnecessary. But we stick together. It’s a pity he didn’t score a goal because strikers need goals."
Torres has not scored in the league since Chelsea won 2-0 away at Hull City in January, and has ten fewer goals than his in form team-mate Eden Hazard.
In what has been a Chelsea team crying out for a goal-scoring striker this season, Mourinho has also had to watch on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku in fine form at Everton. Lukaku netted his 13th league goal of the season against Arsenal on Sunday, and didn't appear to want to play any part in Mourinho’s plans this season.
Torres’ form meanwhile has long been a concern for Chelsea, and the striker is also at risk of losing out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad to Brazil this summer.
Concerns over the lack of goals from Chelsea’s strikers have led to reports that Jose Mourinho will spend £50m on a new recruit this summer, with the colourful Portuguese manager insisting it is ‘impossible’ for Chelsea to win the Premier League this season.