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.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Premier League side Chelsea FC. Torres initially began his career with Spanish club Atletico Madrid where he was recognised as one of the club’s legend. Despite being very young, Fernando Torres was given the responsibility of shouldering the Atletico Madrid side, something that he managed to do with aplomb. He started playing for Atletico Madrid at a very early age, although initially he started out in the goalkeeper’s position. He soon realised that his best position was actually playing as a striker, and started playing there since the age of seven.

After impressing at various levels during his youth, Fernando Torres finally made his debut for Atletico Madrid in 2001. When Torres made his debut, Atletico Madrid were in the second division of Spanish football. However, after impressing various scouts during his early stage, he also helped Atletico Madrid win promotion into the La Liga. He impressed extremely well even in the Spanish top division, which attracted interest from all over the world. At a certain point in time, clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea FC, and Arsenal were showing interest in the young Spaniard.

However, he decided to stay at Atletico Madrid citing the love of the club more than anything else. In the end, he spent six long years at Atletico Madrid and made 214 appearances for the Spanish club. He also scored a remarkable 82 goals during his stay at Atletico Madrid, which eventually ended in 2007. Liverpool came calling with a massive offer for the striker, which was promptly accepted by Atletico Madrid. In the end, he moved to Liverpool for a £26 million fee in 2007.
Many questioned the feasibility of Torres succeeding at Anfield, which has already seen the failure of the Spaniard in the form of Fernando Morientes.

However, Fernando Torres proved to be one of the greatest signings that Liverpool had made in recent years by scoring a number of goals in his first season in the Premier League. Torres took the world by storm with this flurry of goals. In his first ever season in the Premier League, Torres had scored 33 goals in 46 appearances for Liverpool. His son went on to become the fastest player to reach 50 goals for the club, while also breaking other numerous records in the process.

However, injury problems limited his time at Liverpool during the 2009-2010 season. It was also rumoured that a number of clubs were showing interest in Torres, who was looking for move from Liverpool. In the end, he moved for Premier League record transfer fee of £50 million to Chelsea in the 2011 January transfer window. Fernando Torres has also had a very successful career internationally winning both the World Cup and the European Championships. Despite being only 27 years old, Torres has made 86 appearances for the Spanish national team and has scored 27 goals. He is well known for his partnership with David Villa in the international stage.