AC Milan will benfit from having patience with Torres

AC Milan recently signed £ 50 million flop Fernando Torres on a two-year loan spell from Chelsea just a few days before transfer deadline day. The Spaniard is set to make his first start for his new club in the league match against Empoli. Ahead of this encounter, Torres’ former teammate at Atletico Madrid, Demetrio Albertini, says that Milan will benefit from having patience with the 30-year-old. The striker has struggled for form in the last four years and Albertini says that it is very unlikely that he will recover it very soon.

Milan have made a great start to the season after winning the opening two matches, but they recently were defeated 1-0 by title rivals Juventus. Despite this setback, Filippo Inzaghi’s team look a formidable force. They have been playing an attractive brand of football which would in turn help Torres with several opportunities at his feet. It was not long ago that the 30-year-old was regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. Albertini has recalled that former Spain coach Luis Aragones was aware that Torres was a player who found it difficult to score goals that were normally tap ins for other players, but he was extremely adept at scoring tough goals.

“He can become a key player in Serie A. Fernando was very young when we played together at Atletico. He was the top scorer of the team. He is a great purchase. He is not one that scores very much. You have to have faith, wait patiently. As Luis Aragones said, as our Coach in Madrid then, 2002-03, Fernando finds it easier to score difficult goals than he does easy ones,” said the former Atletico Madrid teammate of Torres. After losing Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, Torres is the first choice striker available at the disposal of Inzaghi.

Mourinho Has Never Lost Faith In Torres

Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho has never lost faith in Fernando Torres, the Spanish player which cost the Premier League club €50 million failed to live up to the expectations that he could play at the same world class level he did some years ago when performing with Liverpool.

Even with his significant number of underwhelming matches and low amount of goals being scored in every season it seems like Mourinho truly believes that Fernando Torres still has a lot more to offer and the former Real Madrid manager continuously places the Spanish attacker in his starting lineup.

Chelsea has played a number of pre-season friendly matches against Vitesse, Werder Bremen, Olimpija and a few other clubs and the team of Jose Mourinho has collected positive results in all of the games except when locking horns with Werder Bremen where Fernando Torres missed the net from point blank range.

Jose Mourinho shut down claims and rumors linking Fernando Torres with a move away from Chelsea as the Portuguese manager went on saying that Torres will only leave if the player desires on doing so and this will not happen as Torres has already announced that he wants to repay Chelsea and the fans of the club for their support towards him.

If Fernando Torres does indeed remain in Stamford Bridge and no other high profile attacker is signed by Jose Mourinho then Torres and Diego Costa are expected to be lined up together as the main offensive players for Chelsea during the next Premier League season but if Torres does not perform at the level that is demanded by the club then it would be a wise decision for Mourinho to sign another player that can serve as a back-up option for the inconsistent Fernando Torres who  has a lot to prove if he wants to silence his critics.

PRESSURE IS HIGH

Pressure is extremely high on Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado after the Spaniard has failed to produce the goals since his £ 26 million move from Valencia in the summer. He was expected to be the club’s main source of goals after the departure of Gareth Bale. However, he has only a handful of goals since joining the club and with most of them coming from the penalty spot. He is in danger of losing his position to Emmanuel Adebayor, who was out of favour under former manager Andre Villas-Boas. Since the appointment of Tim Sherwood, Adebayor has returned to the starting line-up and has been scoring regularly.

Villas-Boas says that he can compare the situation faced by Soldado to the one experienced by Fernando Torres at Chelsea. The Spaniard has never been the same player since moving to Chelsea for a British transfer record fee of £ 50 million. There have been suggestions that the former Atletico Madrid man has failed to cope with the huge transfer fee on his shoulders. Soldado has not yet scored for Tottenham in 2014 and he was left on the bench for the big match against Chelsea last weekend.

Torres also endured similar struggles and he has been looking to get back to his former glory days ever since. Villas-Boas says Soldado needs luck in order to turn his form around.

“It’s also happened to Fernando Torres. In the Premier League it is very important the impact you made at the beginning. Soldado started the season well but he has failed to keep the regularity in terms of goals. That is crucial in a player’s adaptation to English football. His movements and his qualities as a scorer are tremendous. I’m sure his time will arrive. Maybe a little later than he expected but he has the quality to do it,” said Villas-Boas.

TRUST IN TORRES

Chelsea managed to sign a number of midfielder and defenders during the January transfer window but the ultimate goal that Jose Mourinho wanted to secure was the acquisition of a forward that can help them secure the Premier League title.

The side of Jose Mourinho is currently located at the top of the Premier League but they are the club that has scored fewer goals out of the 4 teams that are fighting alongside them and this can be due to the fact that neither Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o or Demba Ba have managed to score goals on a consistent basis in this season.

Eden Hazard and Oscar are midfielders and they are the top goal-scorers from Chelsea of the current campaign. This is a sign of just how much the forwards of the club are struggling to find the back of the net.

Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid is enjoying a sensational season as he is the main engine behind the recent success of his club as they fight for the top spots of the Spanish league, La Liga alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Brazilian forward is a high-profile target of many clubs around Europe including Chelsea. It is believed that Chelsea are ready to include Fernando Torres in a deal that would be seeing Costa joining the Premier League club while Torres sees his way Into Atletico Madrid, if the deal does actually happen.

During the January transfer window, Chelsea failed to sign the Brazilian forward from Atletico Madrid but they are working on making a new offer for Costa in the summer and Fernando Torres is likely to be used as bait in order To make the deal go forward.

TORRES NETS

Fernando Torres finally found the back of the net in an away match to end the ignominious record of not a single Chelsea striker scoring away from home in the last 13 months. That record included Torres, who has been a shadow of his former self since the move from Liverpool. However, he managed to end his record by scoring with a deflected effort against Southampton. He will be hoping that the year 2014, which has begun in great fashion, finally gets him back to the top of English football.

After the match, goalkeeper Petr Cech has praised Torres and striker Samuel Eto’o for the work they have done with the club this campaign. Even though they may not have scored the number of goals like Suarez, they have been very crucial to Chelsea style of play according to Cech. He thinks that both strikers are finding form at just the right time in the season. Eto’o took a long time to score his first goal, but he has been finding the net in important matches like the one he did against Liverpool in the 2-1 win for Chelsea.

After dropping only two points during Christmas, Chelsea are finally breaking free of the chasing pack and aiming for the title along with Arsenal and Manchester City.

“It is the first day of the year so great to start it with Fernando scoring like this. Hopefully the strikers will continue to bang goals in away from home. Samuel scored an important one at home against Liverpool and now Fernando has scored a very important one against Southampton, so it is great for them. Are they finding form at the right time? Yes. They have been working really hard for the team. They have both been brilliant and now they have got their rewards with a goal,” said Cech.

THREE POINTS

Fernando Torres recently helped Chelsea get three points against Southampton, who managed to open the scoring after just 13 seconds. Manager José Mourinho has admitted after the match that the goal was extremely difficult to take because it happened so quickly. Rodriguez managed to take hold of Michael Essien’s poor back pass to score the goals just seconds after the start of the encounter. For much of the first half, it looked like Chelsea were going to suffer the first home defeat under Mourinho since they created very little going forward.

They were unable to create chances for play football due to the high pressing game of Southampton. Mourinho made a few changes to the system at half-time, while also bringing on Demba Ba for Essien. The changes made to the desired effect because Chelsea won the game 3-1 after goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry, and substitute Ba. Even though Torres was not on the scoresheet, his effort in the encounter was visible throughout the match. He was given a standing ovation by the supporters when he was taken off for John obi Mikel in the late stages of the game.

“The goal was like a knife in our back – by surprise you are losing 1-0. [But] in the first half we played very well. We played with balance, we played calm, no panic, no silly decisions, no mistakes, not going from 1-0 to 2-0, not risking a lot. That was a sign of maturity. We deserved the three points in a match which was a must-win for us. We knew that three title contenders lost points before us, so it was important for us to win this game,” said Mourinho.

Mourinho was in full praise of the striker, who had worked extremely hard. The Portuguese has praised players who have been working hard in the defensive area of the pitch.

TORRES RULED OUT

Chelsea have been dealt a major blow with the news that striker Fernando Torres will miss up to 3 weeks of action after suffering an ankle injury in the 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest. The Spaniard started this match in anticipation of the ban, which will make him miss the match against Norwich. The likes of Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o will be fit strikers for Chelsea over the next few weeks. After starting the match following an impressive performance over Tottenham, Torres suffered an injury early in the first half. He had to be substituted by Cameroon international Eto’o.

The 29-year-old underwent scans in order to determine the extent of the injury. It could have been very worse for Chelsea, who had lost the services of Marco van Ginkel for the rest of the season only recently. However, scans have revealed that has suffered injury to his medical ligaments and will be out for only about three weeks. The injury blow is also softened by the fact that the international matches will take place over the next two weeks. Ideally, he would miss matches against Cardiff and Schalke after the international break.

Mourinho said that it was disappointing news for the striker, who looked like his old self against Tottenham during the weekend.

‘Chelsea Football Club can confirm Fernando Torres suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee in the Champions League group game at Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday evening. The 29-year-old will be out for approximately three weeks,’ read a statement on the official website of the club. ‘I hope he gets well soon for me, for him and for the team because I think he is going to be a very important player for us,’ said his club and international teammate Juan Mata after the news.

TORRES LINKED TO SPAIN

Spaniard Fernando Torres has been linked with a return to his home country in the summer since he does not appear to be part of new manager José Mourinho’s plans at Stamford Bridge. Immediately after taking over, the Portuguese said that he was not entirely happy with the performances of Torres so far. However, he may be prepared to give the Spaniard an opportunity to prove that he will be capable of living up to his £ 50 million price tag. Despite this, Chelsea have been linked with a move for several strikers like Edinson Cavani over the last few weeks.

This coupled with Barcelona’s need for a striker means that inevitably Torres has been linked with Barcelona. It is no secret that Torres interest playing against Barcelona especially at the camp Nou. He has scored for different clubs at this iconic stadium, but he has moved swiftly to reject any rumours about a possible move to the Catalan club by saying that he wants to stay with Chelsea. He has said that he still feels like having an unfinished job at the club, and he will be holding talks with new manager Mourinho in order to determine his future.

He is currently with the Spanish national team squad at the Confederations cup.

“I look forward to talking with Mourinho and to know what plans he has for me. The first thing I am aware of is he will expect much more from me, I expect more from me. Now I have pressure Mourinho adds and that’s a challenge for a player. I have known Sandro Rosell for a long time. There is a personal relationship, but nothing more than that. My head is now in the Confederations Cup, immediately after that Chelsea,” said Torres will also dismissing his personal relationship with Sandro Rosell – the Barcelona president.

STILL ADAPTING

Fernando Torres has said that he is still adapting to the way Chelsea play, as he aims to return to his best form. The Spaniard was signed from Liverpool for a whopping transfer fee of £ 50 million, but he has been a major disappointment at the club. He has managed just a handful of goals in almost 100 appearances for the club, but this season has been promising for the striker. He has managed to find the back of the net on 19 occasions in all competitions, but he has also been especially good in European competitions.

Torres has said that the arrival of several new players like Eden Hazard and Oscar has changed the way Chelsea have played. Hence, he has been added into the new style of play, which has not been easy, but he has hope that the next season will turn out much more positive. Torres has been starting almost every match for Chelsea this season in the absence of competition. Only after the arrival of Demba Ba for Newcastle United in the January transfer window has he been given competition for the starting places.

The 29-year-old, though, has said that he would welcome even more competition in the form of new strikers, which the club are hoping to sign in the summer. “This season has been better but not at the level I want to be. Not a better player. It’s different. We have a different team, a different style, very quick. It’s not been an easy season for anyone. New players come and they have been important players for the team. We are adapting to them. I think Chelsea has a top team and we always have the ball,” said Torres ahead of the match with FC Basel in Europa league on Thursday night.

CHELSEA PROGRESS

Chelsea needed a late goal from Eden Hazard in order to progress into the last 16 stage of the Europa league. The 1-1 draw against Sparta Prague helped Chelsea move into the next round on aggregate victory.

However, all the talk after the match has been about the form of the striker Fernando Torres. The Spaniard has managed just one goal in his last 14 matches for the club. That solitary goal came in the match against League One opposition Brentford. However, the manager Rafa Benitez refused to criticise the 28-year-old by saying that he wants to look at the positive aspects.