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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