Fernando Torres has revealed that there were times last season when he feared that joining Chelsea was a mistake and I’d dare say the club understand the feeling when they paid out £50 million for the Spaniard, who has scored only 13 goals in 68 games.
His shortcomings since moving to Stamford Bridge are baffling to say the least and has mystified coaches, fans, pundits and journalists alike. He hasn’t ever looked like the player that was terrifying Premier League defences, including ours, and he’s also admitted that his confidence was so low at times that he did not want to come off the bench.
Despite a terrible season, he still managed to win an FA Cup, Champions League and Euro 2012 with Spain, whilst picking up the golden boot in the competition too. But he has since expressed that although he’s happy he won those titles, it wasn’t the way he wanted to win them.
He told La Razon:
“The season was not for me, it was for others. Chelsea won the FA Cup but I didn’t play the semi-final or the final. I didn’t taste anything.
“I feel I participated a bit more in the Champions League but even so it was not the Champions League I wanted to win, not like that. I want to win another Champions League and in a different way.”
Torres also told La Razon how much he has appreciated the support of the fans and is keen to repay their patience:
“The fans helped me a lot – and you don’t understand why. You come from outside and you have played well in this league and, with the Spanish mentality, the first who should have turned against you are the fans. You are not living up to expectations but they still support you. These people are special.
“At times I was thinking, ‘I will sit here on the bench, I won’t make any noise, I don’t even want to play.’ But they are demanding that you jump on the pitch and play. They lifted my spirits so many times.
“Not even my team-mates succeeded in doing that in this way. Whatever I do from now on will be for the fans. That is why I want to win another Champions League. For them.”
I appreciate the sentiment from Torres here even if he’s being a soppy bastard, but, being the miserable bastard I am, I just want him to shut up and get on with it. His goal against Manchester City at the weekend was a positive and he made a few dangerous runs, it’s this he needs to build and focus on. He has to, being the only established centre forward that’s currently at the club.