They’re like London buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along at once, not that Fernando Torres will be complaining after finally putting the ball into the back of the net.
After notching two against Leicester City in the FA Cup, Torres appeared in the newspapers praising new boss Roberto Di Matteo, or slating former boss Andre Villas-Boas as the press want you to think.
Torres said: “The job of the strikers is scoring goals and if you don’t do that people think you are playing bad. The main thing for me has been the support of the people.
“They are always with me and now I feel the confidence of the manager as well. It’s a good time for me and a good time for Chelsea.”
Di Matteo’s installment as manager or assistant to John Terry, as some might say, has seen a complete turnaround in results at Stamford Bridge winning four out of four including the 4-1 victory over Napoli to take Chelsea to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Along with the change in results, there was been a change of formation under Di Matteo, and this is what will finally get Torres scoring goals again.
Di Matteo has favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation, with playmaker Juan Mata in behind Torres joined by Ramires and Frank Lampard on either side, and two deep lying midfielders protecting the back four.
This move has meant the ball gets forward quicker. At Liverpool, Torres thrived with Steven Gerrard behind him and Xabi Alonso getting the ball forward from the back. Upon his move to Chelsea, he played as a lone striker in a 4-3-3 formation, meaning the ball took an age to get forward and more importantly, he had to play like Drogba, instead of his natural game.
His goals certainly pleased Chelsea’s fans and Torres himself, and boss Di Matteo who said “We are happy because he works so hard. He’s a great team player and when you work hard in life you get rewarded.
“Hopefully his confidence if going to be very high now.
“I didn’t actually mind when he didn’t score because as long as we win as a team that is all that matters.”
Chelsea are clearly rejuvenated under Di Matteo, and so too is Torres, many observers have been screaming out for Chelsea to change their formation to get the best out of Torres and now they finally have done, Torres will start to repay his hefty price tag. Bring on Manchester City.
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