The mood is good at Stamford Bridge following Fernando Torres’ late winner in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City and the Spanish says he is enjoying the new system.
Torres made a complete hash of an easy chance during Sunday’s game when he over-zealously sent the ball flying over Joe Hart’s bar when through on goal but it was a the City keeper that earned the Chump of the Day award when his late error led to Torres’ goal and the bit of luck his performance deserved.
The 29-year-old told ChelseaFC.com:
“This is a goal of belief.
“I used to have a team-mate who told me every ball can be the most important ball of the game, and this is a clear example, a long ball and a misunderstanding and you have the ball to pass into the net. I was lucky.
“I am feeling good and with high confidence, and feeling better in the system we are playing with more space.
“Hopefully we can keep improving as a team as it is just the beginning of the season and important games are coming.”
It was a particularly significant victory for Torres as it came against Premier League title rivals City and Torres added:
“We are happy because it is our first win against one of the contenders for the Premier League title.”
We have witnessed plenty of false dawns from Torres before but this is probably the best mood I have seen Torres in as a Chelsea player and after heavily criticising him for his goal-shy performances in the past I believe that he deserves the praise that is coming his way as he’s put the work in and hasn’t looked for a get-out at the club.
I don’t know if many sets of fans would have been quite as patient with Torres as the Chelsea support have been so they deserve to see a striker performing at his best and whatever Mourinho is doing has worked well so far, and long may that continue.
There were signs last year that he may be on his way back to scoring form after posting a total of 22 but his Premier League return has been dreadful for the most part and he has only scored twice in the league in 2013 so far. Scoring the winner against City will provide a big boost for Torres and Mourinho will have to carefully manage his revival but signs are promising.
Torres has featured in 11 games for the Blues this season and has scored five goals.