Andre Villas-Boas today insisted Fernando Torres had “nothing to apologise for” despite the striker pressing the self-destruct button for the second straight week in Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League win over Swansea today.
Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United had seen £50m man Torres score for only the second time in his Blues career before producing one of the worst open-goal gaffes in Premier League history.
And he found the net today with another fine finish before being sent off for inexplicably diving in studs first on Mark Gower.
Chelsea boss Villas-Boas had no complaints with referee Mike Dean’s decision to brandish the red card but revealed he would not be seeking an apology from his player.
“There’s nothing to apologise for,” Villas-Boas said.
“It’s the referee’s decision.”
Admitting it was a “good decision” by Dean, he added: “It’s part of the nature of the game, and the referee has decided on that.
“It’s a pity because the spectacle was promising.”
Torres’ dismissal did not prove costly, with Chelsea running out 4-1 winners at Stamford Bridge to get their title challenge back on track after their controversial defeat against United.
“With 10 men, we never lost our will to continue to attack and I think it paid off,” said Villas-Boas, whose side also played for more than 70 minutes of Wednesday night’s Carling Cup win over Fulham a man short.
“It was an important win for us based on the last defeat at Old Trafford and showing resilience in the end again after Wednesday.”
He added: “It really shows the nature and commitment of these players towards their objectives.”
Chelsea were already 2-0 up when Torres saw red, Ramires scoring the first of a double as the 10 men more than held on.
Ashley Williams nodded in his first ever Premier League goal for Swansea before Didier Drogba netted his first of the season after marking his comeback from a sickening head injury with an 11-minute cameo.
The other major talking point today was Villas-Boas’ decision to start with Frank Lampard on the bench for the second successive game.
The midfielder did come on and play most of the Fulham match but it appears, at 33, he is being held back more than ever for the big fixtures.
Asked if Lampard was happy with his lot, Villas-Boas replied: “I don’t know but this is nothing to speculate about.
“The players just want the team to perform and Frank is like that.
“He’s a magnificent player and soon he’ll be back into the team, sooner than you expect.”