Inzaghi comments on Torres following disappointing Milan derby performance

Filippo Inzaghi explained that he will try to help Fernando Torres after the on-loan Chelsea forward put in another disappointing display.

AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi has explained how he hopes to help Fernando Torres.

The on-loan Chelsea forward has endured, rather than enjoyed, his time in Italy so far and all that could have changed with a good performance on Sunday night when AC Milan met Inter MIlan, but it wasn't to be. 

The striker spearheaded a Milan attack that included Stephan El Shaarawy and Jeremy Menez but once again drew a blank and was brought off with around 20 minutes of the match left to play.

It was another disappointing showing for the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker in Milan as he struggles to get his career in Italy up and running. 

Strike partners Menez and El Shaarawy teamed up in order to give Inzaghi's men the lead within the first 25 minutes, but the Rossoneri couldn't stop Joel Obi from ruining the party with a goal in the second half, his well-struck effort hitting the bottom right-hand corner. 

After the match, Milan manager Inzaghi admitted that he was disappointed with the result having lost the lead. 

''It's disappointing to be in the lead, have some clear chances and not win. However, my team gave everything it had and it was a balanced game where Inter did well too,'' Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.

''The derby showed there are two teams who are works in progress, still under construction, and so there are going to be peaks and troughs.'' 

When asked about Torres's performance, the Milan legend explained: ''It's my duty to try. I think he worked hard and we had four attacking players to create more up front, so it's not always easy to support that, but the defenders did very well to cover.

''I believe Torres will soon get back on the scoresheet and I hope so, as we need his goals. I tried to improve the level of quality in attack with players like him, Menez, El Shaarawy and Bonaventura to provide better service for him.

''I am trying to put the best team out to get the best out of him. He does well in training, but not every game goes the way it does in training. 

''Torres gives his all and I always use the example of Hernan Crespo. Carlo Ancelotti stuck with him and he didn't score for two months, then when he broke through he never stopped scoring.'' 

The words of encouragement by Inzaghi should go a long way in helping Torres settle in Italy and forget the negative comments regarding his recent performances. 

However, it does mean it's another appearance without a goal for the Chelsea forward and with only one goal in 10 appearances for Milan, seven of which were starts, the Spanish international can have few complaints about the negativity surrounding his goalscoring record.

Inzaghi's men face another big test next Sunday in their next Serie A game as they host eighth-placed Udinese who currently sit on the same number of points.

A win could propel them towards the European places but, equally, a loss could see them lose pace on the competition around them.

It's a game that Torres could turn a lot of heads with a goal, and if he is to be a success in Italy he will have to do just that. 

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