Torres Online video Ranking: four / 5
Former Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer has stated that he feels that the upcoming European Championships simply contain too many teams to make the competition any interesting. UEFA president Michel Platini managed to convince a huge delegation that increasing the Euro 2016, and the subsequent tournaments that followed, to 24 teams was the right choices. Previous tournaments have featured only 16 teams and evens this format has been criticised on some occasions during the length.
The Bayern Munich legend says that he cannot help feeling that this step has been made only to ensure that teams that failed to reach the finals can see it as a consolation. He does not expect teams that come through the play-offs to make a huge impact in the tournament, which already has only a handful of teams as favourites to win the title. The likes of Spain, France, England, and Germany will be seen as favourites for the title with most of the other teams just present to make up the numbers. The 68-year-old also feels that the length of the tournament will also be a major turn off.
Up until now, 54 teams have been part of the European Championships at the qualifying stages. This involves several minnows, who have regularly been beaten by huge scores against the top teams. “This is a decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, which you can not challenge. But you can of course express your opinion: 24 teams out of 54 associations? This is far too many. That’s almost half of all UEFA members, so you might as well just let nearly everyone play. Then you can save on the qualification stage. I think 16 was the correct number. But these concessions are for those who have always knocked on the door of a major finals but never quite made it,” said Beckenbauer.
Fernando Torres SHOCKING MISS ~ Chelsea vs Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 ~ International Champions Cup 2014
Torres Video clip Score: 4 / five
The pre-season for Chelsea and for the majority of the Premier League clubs is over as the English League is on the verge of kicking off on August 16th and it has been a fairly successful pre-season for Chelsea as they collected victories in just about every single match except when playing against Werder Bremen where Mourinho’s side lost 3-0.
Despite having picked up all those victories there still is a question mark that rises on what Jose Mourinho will do concerning his attacking options as Diego Costa has already made his statement at Stamford Bridge by scoring a number of impressive goals during some of the pre-season matches but Fernando Torres still continues struggling.
Ever since Torres made his move to Stamford Bridge he has failed on scoring more than 8 league goals in a single season. Diego Costa made his home debut with the Chelsea jersey during Chelsea’s pre-season match against Real Sociedad and scored twice as he is quickly turning into a beacon of light and hope that supporters of the club need in order to make a genuine charge not only for the Premier League title but also the other challenges that await them in the Champions League.
With the return of Didier Drogba into the squad, the Ivorian will turn into a player-manager for Jose Mourinho which is not only going to help the Portuguese manager in his tactical decisions but also serve as an alternative option upfront whenever Costa or Torres are unavailable.
The next season is right around the corner and it can very well be the last chance that Fernando Torres has to demonstrate that he can still be one of the best strikers in the world but this will only happen if he starts scoring goals for Chelsea, a club that fell short on winning the Premier League in the previous campaign by just 4 points. It’s now or never for Fernando Torres.
Torres Online video Score: five / 5