He’s sharp, lighting fast and killer inside the box; those words could have easily been used to describe Fernando Torres throughout his Atletico Madrid days, under Benitez at Anfield, or whilst representing Spain at Euro 2008. But since knee surgery in mid April 2010, amongst other issues, Torres’ progression as a world class striker has stalled and regressed.
Having seen the Spaniard play in Lisbon last week against Benfica, I saw a determined and energetic Torres who tormented from start to finish. In addition, he’s sporting his glorious blonde hair once more which reminded me of the electrifying Torres who played against Benfica 2 years ago. The striker was close to scoring a trademark goal in the first half after zig-zagging through the defence. Torres was a constant threat as Chelsea played with a rapid counter-attacking approach and in the second half he powered down the left flank to assist Kalou with a goal which has given his side a vital advantage in the quarter-final.
His confidence is growing and it was evident once again against Aston Villa this weekend, Di Matteo has also noticed a transformation and told the press: “He’s enjoying his playing, he’s got a smile on his face.” The 28 year old assisted Ivanovic in the 83rd and finished the match off by scoring a typical goal. Torres appears to be returning to his notorious form at an important stage in the season. I hope he is, but consistency is necessary. Or how else will he ensure a place in this summer’s Euro 2012?