Jose Mournho has once again thanked the Chelsea support for standing by Fernando Torres and says that the Spaniard is enjoying his football again.
The 29-year-old was on target during the 2-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday, which was his second successive Premier League goal for the Blues as he also netted against Southampton on New Years Day, as well as putting in a number of impressive performances of late in games that he did not score in.
Torres has his fair share of critics – myself included – and deservedly so as his goal return has been nowhere near good enough for a player of his reputation, price and quality during his three years at the club but although his finishing can be frustrating, Mourinho says he is happy with his contribution and there’s no denying his effort.
Mourinho told reporters:
“Fernando scored against Southampton, now he has scored again. He is enjoying his football more than the last couple of years.
“The goals are coming and he is doing what we want him to do: press defenders, hold the ball, wait for support, get behind defenders and he scored.”
He also thanked the fans for standing by the player:
“It is important for him but more important for us.
“Chelsea fans are like this. I remember in 2004 when we had Mateja Kezman and he scored his first (league) goal in December, but every time playing at Stamford Bridge people were supporting him.
“It helps players, especially in a difficult moment. Players do not feel the heat when things are not going well for them.
“Special fans. Special club.”
At the moment it looks unlikely that Chelsea will be bringing in a big-name forward this January and Mourinho will probably have to make-do with what he has unless someone comes along at the right price, whilst rumours over another move for Wayne Rooney next summer persist – especially if Manchester United fail to make the top four this season.
So he wants to keep the Spaniard’s spirits up as much as he can because he is the best we have at the moment and if he can continue 2014 like he started it then he could be useful, even if he’s never going to be as influential as our star man Eden Hazard or our plethora of skilful attacking midfield players.