TORRES AIMING FOR TOP 4

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has said that the club will be still aiming for top four finish, despite the fact that they have reached the Champions League final this season. Many have been suggesting that Chelsea will now be looking forward to protecting their players ahead of the biggest game of the European calendar. Chelsea will be taking on Bayern Munich in the final on May 19. A number of players including captain John Terry will be missing the match. Hence, there has been a suggestion that Chelsea will be not performing 100% in their remaining Premier league matches knowing that finishing in the top four demands dropped points from other clubs like Tottenham and Newcastle.

Yet, Torres has confirmed that Chelsea are still looking to finish in the top four and this will be their priority till the end of the season. Finishing in the top four will mean that Chelsea will get guaranteed place in the Champions League next season. Playing in the group stages of the Champions League will ensure £ 20 million to a club. Missing out on this revenue will prove to be extremely difficult for a club like Chelsea in their efforts to comply to the financial fair play regulations.

“It’s an important result and we keep on getting points and I am very happy with all three [goals], hopefully they’re the first of many. The more important thing for me is that the team is in the best form of the season when all the important games are coming. It was difficult in the beginning and not getting the results, changing the manager during the middle of the season, so no-one was betting for us,” said Torres after the 6-1 drubbing of London rivals QPR. Torres scored his first Chelsea hat-trick in the match.

TORRES EXCITED FOR BARCA MATCH

Fernando Torres has said that he is looking forward very much to the Champions League semi-final encounter with Barcelona on Wednesday night. Fernando Torres is looking to add the Champions League medal to his collection of the European Championships and World Cup medals.

Torres moved to Liverpool with the aim of achieving big in Europe, but he failed to win any major trophy with Liverpool. Now, he has made a £ 50 million move to Chelsea in the hope of winning the Champions League, which is also the ambition of owner Roman Abramovich. Torres is likely to start the match against Barcelona given that he was not involved in the match against Tottenham during the weekend.

Torres will also be looking forward to playing in the FA Cup final against Liverpool after Chelsea qualified for the final by thrashing Tottenham 5-1 in the semi-final. Chelsea will be looking to add to their three FA cups since the new Wembley was opened in 2007. Fernando Torres is looking very much like his old self, although he is yet to start scoring in the same fashion.

TORRES OFF TO JUVE?

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has emerged as a shock transfer target for Italian club Juventus next season. Juventus are looking to make an ambitious return to the top of the Italian Serie A and also to the Champions League, but they clearly see the need for a marquee signing. Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £ 50 million in the January transfer window of 2011.

Even though it is highly unlikely that Chelsea will be willing to part with the 28-year-old after just one season, they will certainly consider a very good offer from the Italian club. Fernando Torres has largely been ineffective during his Chelsea career, and he is also thought to be interested in such a move in order to resurrect his career.

Torres is close to failing to make it into the Euro 2012 squad with Spain. One of the reasons for it has been the poor form he has been experiencing with Chelsea. However, he recently scored two goals against Leicester City, which only served as a reminder of his quality. Given that the striker has a lot of football ahead of him, it is highly unlikely that Chelsea will be willing to part for anything less than £ 30 million. Football agent Caliendo recently said that Torres would be a perfect fit for Juventus, as they would build the team around him.

Juventus have clear ideas about what they want in the transfer market. Torres could be the high-profile signing they are looking for. He is a big name and would be the right man for [the coach, Antonio] Conte. He has all the right characteristics to play at Juventus. Players who leave La Liga tend to have problems. They are used to a certain style of play in Spain. [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are scoring goals for fun, and so was Torres in Spain,” said Caliendo.

TORRES FELL OUT WITH AVB

A new report has emerged saying that Fernando Torres had a bust up with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas just a few hours before the Portuguese was sacked from his position by owner Roman Abramovich.

Roman Abramovich was conducting an inquest into the future of the Portuguese manager after the team suffered yet another poor result on Saturday. Chelsea lost 1-0 at the hands of West Brom, but even more than the defeat, it was said that Roman Abramovich was extremely concerned about the lack of spirit within the team. Fernando Torres has not been part of the Chelsea first-team for quite a while under Andre Villas-Boas.

There has been speculation that the former Chelsea manager has been trying to alienate some of the high earning and experienced members within the squad. In order to back these claims, Andre Villas-Boas has been not having a good relationship with players like Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, and Fernando Torres.

In the end, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Roman Abramovich, who has put assistant manager Roberto di Matteo incharge of the first team till the end of the season.

TORRES CAN’T SCORE

Fernando Torres once again struggled to score the goals that is being expected from him in a match against Birmingham City. Chelsea took on Birmingham city in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. Due to the fact that Birmingham City are Championship side meant that Chelsea were the favourites to get through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. However, it was Birmingham who took the lead early in the match through their left back. It only intensified the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas and also on Fernando Torres, who was struggling to create chances and also to take them as well.

Fernando Torres has not been able to find the back of the net since scoring in the match against Swansea in October. He has gone 20 matches in various competitions without a goal, which has put his Chelsea career in major doubt. Fernando Torres was signed from Liverpool for a British record transfer fee of £ 50 million, but has failed to live up to the hopes. He is proving to be a major catastrophic signing than former AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko, who cost Chelsea £ 30 million in 2007.

“I’m not concerned. When he scores the goals, he’ll be a different player for sure,” Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said after subbing Fernando Torres at half-time. “It was not good enough for sure. But we take the game to St Andrews, a difficult game and another story. They are undefeated in the league there and I’m sure they will put on an even more decent challenge,” the Chelsea manager said after the match. Chelsea managed to get back into the game in the second half after a goal from Daniel Sturridge. The FA Cup replay will be taking place in March at St Andrews.

TORRES BACKED BY AVB

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that Fernando Torres has had a major impact for Chelsea this season and he expects goals from the £ 50 million striker in the match against Manchester United on Sunday.

Torres has been one of the greatest disappointments in recent times after he has scored just five goals for Chelsea since arriving from Liverpool in the record-breaking transfer on 31st January of last season. However, there have been glimpses of his extraordinary talent in certain matches – including the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United earlier in the season.

Fernando Torres scored a spectacular goal picking up with a pass from Nicolas Anelka. It was a goal that reminded of his abilities in front of goal. Since then, he has been largely disappointment and a shadow behind Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. His major chance to impress the new manager was expected to come once Didier Drogba had left for the African cup of nations. However, it too has not brought out the best in the Spaniard, who has now missed everything from open goals to extremely easy opportunities. It would have been opportunities that he would have scored with his eyes closed a few seasons ago.

LAMPARD: TORRES WILL IMPROVE

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has backed Fernando Torres to become a much better player for Chelsea in the forthcoming seasons.

Fernando Torres has been brandished about as the world’s most expensive failure, as the striker has scored only a handful of goals since his £ 50 million move from Liverpool.

Torres was a deadline day signing on January of last season, but has failed to live up to the expectations. Many people were expecting Fernando Torres to come good this season, as joining a club in the middle of a season is always difficult, but Torres has found the going tough this season again, and has struggled for goals.

AVB BELIEVES IN FERNANDO

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he believes that Fernando Torres has returning to his old self. Fernando Torres has been the subject of many ridicules recently, as he has struggled for both form and fitness since this £ 50 million move from Liverpool last January.

So far, he is yet to get into double figures when it comes to scoring and has largely been used as the substitute in favour of Didier Drogba. However, he will be getting his major chance to impress new manager Andre Villas-Boas when Didier Drogba heads out to the African cup of nations.

Chelsea will be playing a number of Premier League fixtures and FA Cup fixtures during this period. Fernando Torres will be getting the maximum opportunities during this period, as especially both Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou will be unavailable for Andre Villas-Boas. Further, Nicolas Anelka has also been sold, which leaves Daniel Sturridge as the only fit experienced striker in the squad. Of course, Andre Villas-Boas can also rely on the services of £18 million signing Lukaku, but he’s someone who is destined for the future of Chelsea and not for the present.

It was thought that the arrival of Mata would wake up Fernando Torres from his slumber, but it has not happened that way, although Mata has been quite exceptional since arriving from Valencia. Mata was signed for less than half the amount it cost to sign Fernando Torres from Liverpool, but he has already scored more league goals and provided more assists, despite being used as a winger. The same applies for Daniel Sturridge as well, who has grown in leaps and bounds this season. Fernando Torres will be having a real struggle if he fails to perform during this month, when he will be getting at least eight first team opportunities.

Torres ‘not for sale’

Fernando Torres is not for sale “at any price” according to Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The striker has widely been regarded as a flop since joining the London club for £50 million from Liverpool in January and rumours were rife that the Blues were willing to take a loss in order to move the player on. However, Villas-Boas has denied Torres is heading for the exit door when the transfer window opens next month.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, has only found the net five times and the barren spell included a run of one goal in 18 appearances last term. His record of four in 18 this season is slightly better, but it is clear that he had underachieved in terms of what was expected of him.

IVANOVIC IMPRESSED BY TORRES

Branislav Ivanovic is one of a number of Chelsea players who have praised Fernando Torres in recent weeks. Fresh from being lauded by Andre Villas Boas, Torres was tipped by captain John Terry to finish as the season’s top scorer, and now centre-back Ivanovic has tipped Fernando to lead them to glory.

Having scored four goals in four games, Torres is in prolific form right now, and it seems ages ago that he was struggling in front of goal. It just goes to show that class is permanent and form is temporary.

“Fernando’s performance was great. He scored twice and I think this is all a result of Fernando’s hard work in training. We are happy to have him like this on the pitch” said Ivanovic.