Fernando Torres: What A Year He’s Had…

By on April 16, 2011

Chelsea’s record signing, Fernando Torres, has had a very up and down year. let’s take a look….

8th April 2010

A terrific day for the Spanish striker, two goals for the Reds against Benfica in the Europa League to send them into the semi finals. The win set-up a fairytale return to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid in the semis. In scoring twice on the night, he also became the first Liverpool player to score four consecutive doubles at Anfield.

But all was not well, in the 86th minute of that match he was substituted off after feeling some pain in his knee. That was to be his last appearance in a Liverpool shirt that season. It also gave way to the start of the biggest rollercoaster year of his life, where he would go from winning the biggest prize in football, to a disgruntled figure at Old Trafford on a lazy Tuesday night in the Champions League.

18th April 2010

After that, he went to Barcelona for surgery as he sought a quick return to action before the World Cup, the doctors estimated his recovery to take 6 to 8 weeks and that would usually mean that you would take 6 weeks before you’re up and running again, not 6 weeks till match fitness, and certainly not six weeks until you play in a World Cup. That was the dilemma for Fernando Torres.

8th June 2010

The Spaniard is back to playing football again. And it’s 7 weeks after his surgery and he partakes in Spain’s 6-0 rout of Poland, netting one himself. He’s not to play again till Spain’s second group match.

16th June 2010

The date of Spain’s first group match, and it’s against Switzerland, a sad looking Torres sits on the bench, resigned to not playing a part in this match which resulted in a Furia Roja defeat. A surprise to neutral and Spain supporters all over.

He started again in the wins over Chile, Portugal and Paraguay all without scoring, something clearly wasn’t right. Then came the inevitable, Torres dropped for the semi final with Germany replaced by Pedro, he wasn’t to regain his place for the rest of the tournament.

11th July 2010

The final of the FIFA World Cup, and Fernando Torres comes in deep into extra time, only to be injured just two minutes later. So now it was just a question of recovery time after winning the World Cup with Espana. How much time off did Liverpool give the striker to not only recover from his injury but recover from a mammoth 2009/10 season and an exhausting World Cup?

15th August 2010

Torres comes on as a substitute in Liverpool’s opening game of the season against Arsenal. Just over a week later he started his first game in the 3-0 defeat by Manchester City.

After that, the Spaniard was forced off after only ten minutes of Liverpool’s embarrassing defeat by Blackpool at Anfield. The problem? An adductor muscle injury similar to that sustained in the World Cup final. The recovery time? Three weeks again surely? No, Torres was rushed back to action in time for a pivotal Merseyside derby against Everton 14 days later. Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by their bitter rivals.

Sensing his time at Anfield was at an end, Torres secured his £50 million move to Chelsea on deadline day in January this year. He made his debut for them less than a week after signing. And so to that balmy Tuesday night at Old Trafford, one year after coming off with discomfort against Benfica. Ancelotti gambles with his own future by starting his star signing. But after just 45 minutes the Italian admits he made a mistake securing the ultimate humiliation for Torres as he was hauled off at half-time.

Will Torres come good? Form is temporary, class is permanent.

He’s still that kid that is endeared to Liverpool fans hearts, he just needs a break.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans

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3 Comments

  1. enumaelish

    April 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    what an absolute waste of words …
    the lad needs to be loved as the number 1 of the team ,he was at Athletico and Liverpool , but not at Chelsea . He believed it was his divine right to win medals and titles , but you need to work for them and he believed he could enter a new team and simply by his name aquire them ..
    Anyone can see now , he regrets leaving for the “big” club ..but from it you can teach the kids coming through about loyalty and commitment .
    what a shame Nando , you could have been etched in the dreams of imortality

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  3. Redman

    April 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Torres needs time…… Time to work out why he left a world renowned club to join chavski. The place where the fans find plastic flags under their seats on champions league games! The place where fans expect European cup success regardless of the fact they’ve never won one. The place where fans that take a Liverpool el niño banner and dye it blue, only to forget that they left a picture of the shankly gates on it! (thanks for the southern representation boys ) . The reason Chelsea haven’t won the European cup is because their support is grim and over-demanding. Remember the Glenn huddle management days? Nah , didn’t think so ! You probably all supported fulham back then.

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