After 25 hours and 41 minutes the Chelsea megastore could finally start printing new merchandise, t-shirts reading “I was there when Fernando Torres scored”.
The date was the 18th March 2012, the place Stamford Bridge, the time was 3.02pm and 67 minutes on the clock in Chelsea’s FA Cup tie against Leicester City when Raul Meireles broke through, squared the ball across the box to Fernando Torres who took a touch and rolled the ball into the corner of the Leicester goal.
The relief was evident for all too see, Chelsea fans, players, staff and Torres alike must have felt as though one of the longest and most publicised droughts was finally over.
Fast forward 18 minutes and well, we’ve all heard the saying, you wait so long for one bus and two turn up at the same time. Well this saying was never more poignant than here. Meireles once again with assist as his corner found the head of Torres who flicked it on towards the far post and once again hit the back of the net for the second time in five months.
Will us Chelsea fans now see the ‘real’ Fernando Torres?
He seems to have regained his pace, touch and instinct. I feel obligated to mention a massive amount of credit must go to Roberto Di Matteo who has obviously shown faith in Torres and he has repaid his manager with some very good performances and now goals.
There was a moment after that fateful night at Stamford Bridge after the Napoli triumph which sums up the difference between the AVB Torres and the Di Matteo Spaniard.
Di Matteo brought Fernando Torres on as a sub but asked him to play out on the wide right. Did Torres moan and look disinterested, no! He came on and worked his socks off both for the team and his manager. After the match Di Matteo ran onto the pitch, hugged and jumped on Torres to show his respect for his performance. This will only strengthen the relationship they have and the confidence Torres will show.
Surely Di Matteo must stick with the forward for the game against Man City even if it means sacrificing Kalou and playing Torres on the wide left or right. If Di Matteo continues to show faith in Torres and say the right thing in press about the forwards performances then I have no doubt Chelsea fans will be chanting ‘Torres’ even more.
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