Fernando Torres- Is He Back?
Ever since his big money transfer (£50m) from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011, there have been great expectations from Torres, and rightly so. However, his first six months at the club were a bitter disappointment. When the 2011-12 season began, there were hopes that Torres would regain his form and do great for us. But he was repeatedly outclassed by Didier Drogba and did not perform upto his potential. He didn’t look sharp & kept missing simple opportunities (who can forget that disaster of a miss against United). Under Andre Villas-Boas, Torres was nowhere near what people expected him to be. When RDM took over, he changed our style. Although Drogba was preferred over Torres in the important matches, Torres did well when he was given the chance. He even netted his first hat trick in a blue shirt against Queens Park Rangers. He was regaining some of his old form.
During the summer, Torres was a part of Spain’s Euro squad. He impressed everyone with his performances there and even walked away with the Golden Boot for being the tournament’s highest scorer. However many Chelsea fans, me included, needed to see him perform well for us before they could believe in him. He has indeed disappointed in the past.
The Community Shield match, however, was not one of those days. Torres was in a great form that day. He was continually making runs with the ball. He was very confident on the pitch. He made sure that City’s defenders were unable to relax even for a moment. Pairing up with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, Torres continuously threatened City. In the 40th minute, Ramires, using amazing footwork and ball control, went past his marker in City’s penalty area and crossed the ball to Torres. Torres with his old confidence back, swiftly, and with great technique, flicked the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net. After scoring that goal, Torres started playing with renewed confidence. He was almost like his old self, making runs, trying to get the ball in a shooting position, going past defenders (albeit he tried to do too much sometimes). Although his goal was the only shot he had on the goal in the match, his overall performance was quite satisfactory. This kind of confidence and performance from Torres will go a long way in making sure Chelsea win trophies this season. Whether Fernando Torres is back to his scoring ways, only time will tell. But he is certainly on the way to a great season with Chelsea.
Till then KTBFFH!