Fernando Torres is still being criticised by many after his record £50 million move from Liverpool back in 2011. However, his critics can have no complaints with the finish to the season the former Athletico Madrid striker has had. It is tough to win a Champions League title, but Torres has completed the astonishing treble of a FA Cup, Champions League, and the European Championship all in one season – and so has Mata.
Torres also has the European Golden Boot award, which is incredible considering that he was largely used as a substitute by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.
Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba are two of the best strikers in the world, but they are very different in their style of play. Drogba is best with his back towards goal, while Torres is the opposite. Hence, the process of gelling with your teammates is going to be extremely different. As much as I would have loved for Drogba to stay, his departure is actually going to liberate
“The role I’ve had this season is not for me, nor is it the one I expected to play when I came here. I’m not comfortable,” said Torres after the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich. Torres is the kind of player who relies a lot on his pace and skills. However, Chelsea’s style of play, which has been built around Drogba, does not need any of these. With Drogba not around anymore, Chelsea will modify their style of play to suit Torres. The additions of Marko Marin and Eden Hazard are clearly done to bring the best out the Spaniard.
Along with Mata, you have a front three capable of providing a lot of ammunition for Torres.
“I had lost some of my love for being at work. Being picked for Spain had become a habit. Now it is a prize again,” said Fernando Torres only a few weeks back. Fast forward to the 2nd of July, and Torres has just won the Golden Boot Award at the Euro 2012.
“I have won my first titles at club level this season, the FA Cup and the Champions League. Now I have this EURO as well, which is beyond anything we could have imagined,” says Torres after the 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final.
Do you notice the shift in Torres’ mood in the three interviews? He is certainly pumped up, happy, and ready to lead Chelsea, as we look to defend the Champions league title and reclaim the Premier League title.