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.