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Fernando Torres admits lack of goals and says his place is under threat

Fernando Torres Chelsea TV interview 2013

Fernando Torres has admitted that he has not been able to score as many as he would like for Chelsea. The striker made a British transfer record £50 million move from Liverpool in 2011. He has been close to a massive disappointment but for the trophies won during this period. He was effectively seen as Chelsea’s main striker for the next five years, and the club were expected to move into a different style of football to maximise his strengths.

Torres, though, has not been able to hit the heights he did at Liverpool, as he has scored just 40 in 148 appearances for Chelsea. Torres scored almost double that figure for Liverpool in the same number of matches. The latest soccer betting odds put Torres at 150/1 to finish as the top scorer in the league this season. Speaking to Sky Sports, Torres said:

“I’m realistic. I know I’m not scoring the goals I should and someone is taking my place, that’s football.

“If you perform and you score every weekend then you are going to play. That’s why (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi never rotate because they score every game.

“In life you’re not always perfect. You have difficulties and problems and you have to be strong.”

Torres’ biggest threat will be Lukaku when he returns from his loan spell at Everton. The Belgian has scored eight league goals and remains fourth Suarez, Aguero, and Sturridge. Torres can be criticised for the lack of goals, but not for the lack of effort. He was expected to return to his brilliant best by playing alongside the attacking trio of Oscar, Mata, and Eden Hazard. However, he has become more of a contributor than a regular scorer.

Mourinho’s recent comments about his strikers scoring more goals to mount a title challenge puts Torres’ place in the team under pressure. The Spaniard has admitted that he is likely to lose his place if he doesn’t score regularly and that it is only natural. He continued:

“We need to score more goals … and we have to improve, we know that.

“I don’t think he is only blaming the strikers. They of course are responsible because it’s their job to score goals but I think he’s talking about the team too, that’s the way I like to see it anyway.”

Chelsea play against Arsenal on Monday and Torres is expected to start this match. He has scored one goal against Arsenal as a blue.

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15 comments

  1. makperr innocent m

    there should still give him time

  2. Jose mourinho do something in time we are too weak this season why, those club that were afraid to face are now beaten us Newcastle,Sunderland even those, that were draw them it is too ridiculous please J.M.

  3. Our defenders,strikers are weak & sluggish replace cole with new player & all those strikers three that are not up to three i refer all those three as half striker do something in jan. please manager J.M

  4. I’m Confident Evrything We Soon Change As A Team,but Pls Jose Mourinho Quickly Do Somvtin About It,blues 4 Lyf.

  5. We need another striker in Janaury, and our defence line are week, pls Mr Mourinho do something fast, before is to late

  6. Eto & Ba should be flushed, left alone torres. The rest be replaced, and also d deffenders. I still believe in Torres with d help of J.M by signning new striker. Chelsea Must Not Go Down.

  7. bartholomew prince

    I take dis mistake is comeing form jm plz sir changer dis players like dis is not good,if (mata or luiz) make a mistake in dis match you will keep playing him plz if do dis 4us our will make it dis season. Plz 4 4 2A formation tomrr (cech) (ivno cahil luiz asp) (oscar mike rima har) (mata torres)

  8. For me the boy are ok i mean the pleayers .is for then to inprov theslef’s lookin at the challege that the facin to onther club lik m cirt livpoor aserna.

  9. this player are 100% good,but the problem is ŦђΛŦ their is № understanding btw the striker…..ŦђΛŦ why dey are lack of goals

  10. Ur midfielders are so selfish jose

  11. Our midfielder are hungry for goals.

  12. i belive in nutting gud cums easy torres is at his best jst dat d luk is nt on his side 4 d blues. Jose u r d boss decide on wat 2 do wit ur team 2 win d trophy u r gud kip up d gud work bravo. Blues 4 life

  13. Guys pls write something that everybody will understand & not gibberish. Pls try & go over what you type b4 posting. Thank you & KTBFFH

  14. Patrick Mwalilino

    We don’ need a striker currently, all what is supposed to happen is play Torres regularly including Ba. We don’t need Eto’o.