José Mourinho has revealed that he is extremely happy with the support given by the Chelsea fans towards striker Fernando Torres, who has struggled to live up to the expectations. Torres became the record British signing after a £ 50 million move to Chelsea. However, he has been unable to replicate his Liverpool former Stamford Bridge. He has even been named as one of the worst signings in the history of the Premier league in several quarters, but the 29-year-old received tremendous support from the Chelsea fans so far.
He failed to score in recent 3-1 match against Southampton, but even then, the fans were chanting his name when he was substituted for John obi Mikel in the 83rd minute. Mourinho has said after the encounter that fans can sometimes witness the effort that the player is putting into helping his club win a match. This becomes far more important for fans even though they are aware that the striker has not scored regularly, as he should have done. Even though Torres did not get on the scoresheet, Demba Ba scored his first league goal of the season to make the game safe for the home team.
“The crowd know football and they know that a striker sometimes not scoring goals can give a big contribution for the team – and the way he is working for us is fantastic. They are a very loyal crowd at Stamford Bridge. When they feel a player gives everything and works hard for them, they always praise. That is good and is a good feeling for a player. Ba played well and he played well against West Brom too,” said the Chelsea manager.
The Portuguese manager was delighted with the contribution of the former Newcastle United striker, who came on as a substitute at half-time.