Carlo Ancelotti Under No Pressure From Roman Abramovich to Play Fernando Torres Against Manchester United

With Tuesday night's Champions League quarterfinal second leg match up against Manchester United looming, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti is under no pressure to play £50 million striker Fernando Torres.

Despite the pricey purchase, Blues owner Roman Abramovich did not tell the coach to make the starting move.

"Fernando might not start against United, of course. I have to choose the players, not comparing the players with the money the club paid for them," Ancelotti said about playing Torres, according to ESPNsoccernet. "I have to choose the line-up looking at the training sessions, the condition of the players and the spirit. Fernando knows this very well.''

Torres, of course, has yet to score since his move to Stamford Bridge on the last day of the January transfer window, but that drought cannot be attributed to fitness.

"He was not 100 percent when he arrived here. The big problem was in the summer when he had a tear on his hamstring. But in the last few months, he has improved.''

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