Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has criticised the tactics of the club by saying that they rely too much on the individuals, but he is starting to accept the fact that it also has its own positives. Torres has been a major disappointment since his £ 50 million transfer from Liverpool two years ago. He managed to score just over 80 goals in just 140 appearances for Liverpool, but his goal scoring ratio has plummeted since joining Chelsea. Torres has blamed his lack of goals to the tactics of Chelsea even after the arrival of Rafa Benitez.
He has said that the club relies a lot on the individual players like Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, and Frank Lampard so much so that it has been difficult for them to create chances for him. However, he has said that the talent possessed by these individuals has also come to the rescue of Chelsea on numerous occasions. Torres has said that he is looking to adapt to the style of play at Chelsea by learning new things during training. After the departure of Didier Drogba in the summer, Torres has been the main striker at Chelsea.
The arrival of Demba Ba in the January transfer window has done little to hurt his first-team opportunities. “It’s difficult in this team because we really depend too much on individuality. We have players like [Eden] Hazard, [Juan] Mata, Oscar and [Frank] Lampard – they are talented players so we are not speaking about tactics. It’s a bit more difficult than my time with him [Benitez] in Liverpool. We have to be clever and focused in the adaptation of the new ideas of the team, the manager and the kind of football we’re playing now. This is the main difference,” said Torres.
He is expected to start in the Europa league semi-final against FC Basel.
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The Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque has decided to omit the Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for the second consecutive game. The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker is on a very poor run of form, which has seen him score just one goal in 13 appearances for his club. As a result, he has not been called up for the friendly match against Qatar. This is not the first time that Torres has been left out of the Spanish squad by the former Real Madrid manager. He has said that even though Torres is one of the experienced players for Spain, there was unfortunately no space for him in the squad.
The 28-year-old striker has represented the national team in 101 matches. He was previously not part of the Spanish squad that played against Panama in a friendly match. Even with the news that Torres will not be taking part in this match, Chelsea have received a boost in the form of the call-up to the right back Azpilicueta. The former Marseille defender joined the club in the summer for around £ 7 million. He has established himself as the first choice right back at Chelsea under Rafa Benitez. Del Bosque also admitted that it was a difficult decision to leave out the Swansea striker Michu.
“Torres is one of our most experienced players but neither could we find him space,” said del Bosque regarding his decision to leave out Torres. “It has left a little bit of a bad taste in the mouth not to call up someone [Michu] who deserves it. But those who have been named also deserve it. We recognise his worth and his goals in the Premier League, but we couldn’t find a space for him at the moment. In the position which Michu plays there is great competition with five or six players,” said del Bosque regarding Michu.