This season has seen Fernando Torres pick up where he left off from last season.
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Roman Abramovic appears to be losing faith in his 50 million pound man and could offer Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid as a sweetener to secure the services of Radamel Falcao.
Torres has been under constant scrutiny since he made the switch from Anfield to Stamford Bridge, and the signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle this month has been the ultimate hammer-blow to the Spaniard's already fragile confidence and he is said to be more than willing to pack his bags and head home to where his career started.
One £50m move for a striker and the pressure is going to on, that’s a given. It’s the fee Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres a little under two years ago and it’s fair to say the deal hasn’t worked out as well as many had hoped.
A little over 20 goals in close to 100 appearances, averaging at around one every four games, isn’t the ideal return for a striker so prolific during his days at Anfield and as an Atletico Madrid youngster.
Islam Feruz is a scoring sensation for both Chelsea reserves, Scotland U19s and U21s, and is tipped for big things in the future.
He is tipped for big things, and at just 17, some are already calling for him to be introduced to the first team set-up. You have to remember, a certain Wayne Rooney was just 16 when he scored that goal against Arsenal all those years back.
After 6 clean sheets in our opening 10 games this season, Petr Cech has spent more time in the back of his net than ever before, which validates him praising new boss Rafa Benitez’s introduction this week.
20 goals had been shipped prior to the Manchester City match, in just 10 games; not quite the form you can keep up if you want to win games at this level.
Well, well, well. What a few days. Di Matteo is gone, rightly or wrongly, and ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is in, until May at least.
He becomes Abramovich’s manager No.9, and will hope that the appointment can spark the Chelsea No.9 into life, who of course was brought to England during Benitez’s reign at Liverpool.
If you believe that is a coincidence, think again. Romans biggest investment at £50m, and he wants results from him, and I certainly believe he is the man to do it
Fernando Torres started this season with some aplomb. But just one goal in seven games, coinciding with us winning just two from seven, means it looks like the bench may well be calling for the big clash on Tuesday night with Juventus.
Sturridge may be given a chance, more out of desperation than him forcing his way into the team, with Di Matteo saying "If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yeah, I will leave him out"
Terry has been missing for three games now, and whilst we have shipped 9 goals in them games, we have still managed to win two of them.
It certainly seems like Di Matteo is adopting the ‘we’ll score more than you philosophy’.
Luiz has been partnered with Cahill for those games, and he has been marked as very doubtful for the Swansea clash by Di Matteo today, meaning that the likelihood is that Ivanovic will push across, giving Azpilicueta a chance to star in the right-back role.
1) Its at the Bridge.
Four wins from four, and eleven goals scored. Its time to turn the Bridge into a fortress again, and what a perfect time to do it, against second placed Man Utd, and make it a fab five wins from five to start the season.
Saturday was a frustrating day all around for Chelsea, after storming to three straight wins, the attack looked devoid of ideas, against a resilient QPR defence.
This was highlighted no more than by Mr.Torres, who after scoring in two games in a row, drew a blank, and was dominated all game by the impressive Ryan Nelson. Everyone had been irritated by the proceedings, but when Fernando Torres’ was substituted, his decision to storm off down the tunnel after 81 minutes was a poor spur of the moment decision, and one that he should regret and apologise for, quickly.
Fernando Torres has been much criticised since his £50m move from Liverpool, but the double European and World Cup winning striker has shown flashes of pure brilliance, even if they have been tainted by some poor performances.
11 goals in 50 appearances for Chelsea last season, albeit 17 of those were from the bench. But is that all the Spanish wizard offers? No.
12 assists, and countless other chances created by him, shows there is much more to the man than just a goals per game ratio.
For those of you outside of Europe, or those that country hasn’t even qualified for Euro2012, who will you be supporting?
I will be giving you a helping hand, by looking at the players that are representing Chelsea, and their countries at Euro 2012, and their chances of doing well.
Eight years, 157 goals, 341 games. It really is the end of an era for Chelsea, as Didier Drogba leaves the club on a free transfer this Summer.
Signed for a fee of £24million from Marseille as a 26 year-old, he took the Premier League by storm, catapulting Chelsea to consecutive league titles, as well as collecting a Golden Boot for a staggering 33 goals in a season, in 06/07.