Fernando Torres – from hero to zero.
They say home is where your heart is. But currently, Chelsea fans don’t feel that way. The Blues just got beat up in a second consecutive game at Stamford Bridge and they now have 1 home win in 6 games under Benitez. In 4 of these games, the team didn’t even score a goal. However, there’s a big contrast between the home and the away games as we’ve won 5 of our 6 games away from the Bridge.
Against Swansea, the night began with president Bruce Buck awarding Petr Cech for reaching 400 games with Chelsea. However, there were a hell of a lot of boos towards Buck, followed by songs about Frankie Lampard – our hero, to whom Chelsea apparently don’t want to offer a new contract. The songs started again as soon as the second half began and Rafa’s only option was to unleash Frankie 19 minutes before the final whistle.
But that wasn’t the main story for that night – not the boos, the songs, the protest against the board. It was the massive BOOs against Fernando Torres. Until then, the fans’ patience was bigger than El Nino’s problems on the field.
Seven Spaniards started in the game against Swansea. But only 2 mattered. This was Torres’ 100th game. In these 100 games, he’s scored 26 goals or approximately £2m per goal. Michu costed £2m in the summer but after he scored in Ross Turnbull’s net, that was his 16th goal, which means approx £125k per goal.
But never has Torres been so booed and never has the public used so much sarcasm towards him. In 81 minutes of the game, El Nino touched the ball 19 times (!!!) while Demba Ba was warming up under the songs saying, ‘WE WANT DEMBA BA, WE WANT DEMBA BA!’.
Benitez was urging his team to pass the ball faster and more often to Torres but Swansea’s defence was absolutely brilliant so El Nino was left isolated and ineffective.
He had his chances. He had a hundred of them, to be honest. But he didn’t even come close to satisfying the fans, who were so patient and supportive of him. But patience has its limits and Torres went beyond them. And to make matters worse, Rafael Benitez was hired to make Torres score and not because he was the best option for the club.
And after the first few bright moments when El Nino was scoring goals just for the sake of it (as it looked), he quickly went back to his pathetic form, which he’s been demonstrating for the last two years. And you know what the worse thing about this is? It’s that he shows absolutely no passion and no hope whatsoever.
Torres himself showed that he clearly cannot change and psychologically make matters better for him. After Didier Drogba left, he was the main man, he was given the role he wished for. But now there’s a new striker in town – a big, powerful striker who can leave Torres in his shadow.
Two years ago Fernando Torres was the striker who every team was fearing. Now he’s the striker who is being mocked by everyone. Chelsea supporters weren’t too slow to calculate that it took Demba Ba 90 minutes to score 2 goals, while it took Torres 7 months, 8 days and 23 hours to reach the same number.
Now after 31 starters in 33 games, Torres isn’t the main man anymore. And his biggest nightmare is a fact – Chelsea just doesn’t need him to be the main man. Simply because he’s doing nothing. Especially that now the team has Demba Ba.
Fernando Torres – from hero to zero. Nothing is left from that great striker who scored goals for breakfast, the striker who was terrorizing every defender in the Premier League (and not only, of course). And if he starts vs. Stoke in Saturday – well, it’s safe to say that something is definitely wrong in Chelsea. Because Fernando Torres’ mandate on Stamford Bridge is over.