Fernando Torres got very few touches of the ball on Sunday in the Community Shield, but the few touches he had throughout the game looked very promising for fans of Chelsea and football. Torres looked like the sharp, dangerous player that terrified defences at Liverpool. There have certainly been a few false dawns in Torres’ Chelsea career. as he has failed to repay the £50 million fee Chelsea shelled out for him.
However, this season could be the return of the Fernando Torres that delighted football fans across the country. Torres sometimes appeared lacklustre and disinterested at times last season but that could certainly not be said about this performance on Sunday. He held the ball up well, managed to draw fouls for his teammates and was part of a very good battle with the best defender in England, Vincent Kompany.
This was a high quality battle throughout the game as both players appeared in good form and despite Torres’ hard work throughout the game Kompany very almost shackled Torres, meaning that the Spaniard got very few sights of goal. The one true chance Torres had in the game fell to him in the 40th minute as Ramires flicked the ball towards him just inside the 18 yard box and Torres poked the ball over the on rushing Pantilimon, simply putting the ball out of the keepers reach. This was the kind of chance that Torres would have squandered last season, but his confidence with the ball meant he never looked in doubt of finishing the move off.
Torres’ new found confidence may stem from the fact that Didier Drogba has now left Chelsea and therefore the former Liverpool striker is almost certain to be given a long run in the team and a long uninterrupted run in the Chelsea team. This can only be good for Torres to feel part of the team and find the goals that can lead Chelsea’s title challenge.
This year could certainly be the year for Torres to snatch back all the positive headlines and remind people what once made him arguably the best centre-forwards in the world.
As a Manchester City fan I obviously wouldn’t like Torres to score the amount of goals that would win the title for Chelsea, but I believe the Premier League isn’t complete until the talent of Fernando Torres is back to full form and scoring brilliant goals again.
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