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Torres Shows A Flash Of Former Brilliance

Posted Apr 28, 2011 by Shaun Edwards

Torres showed a bit of spark

Being a Chelsea fan must be a perplexing business.  Despite boasting an extremely strong squad that decimated everyone in the first two months of the season, your club endures a nightmare couple of months that sees them virtually eliminated from the title race and from the Champion’s League.  Widely expected to be sacked, your coach (a respected Italian who has won the biggest prize in Europe twice) then leads the club on a run that could end up with them sneaking the league after all, and with the coach potentially being sacked anyway.

And then to top it off, Fernando Torres wakes up and remembers that he used to be one of the finest strikers in the world.

Whilst it is obviously far too early to start announcing that Torres is back, his 14 minute cameo at the end of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over West Ham was simply thrilling to observe, and a subtle reminder as to just why Roman Abramovich chose to splash out £50 million on the Spaniard.

The goal that ended the 732 minutes of torture for the striker was in itself a prime example of the sort of predatory instinct that Torres used to exhibit week in week out.  With the ball having become caught in the sodden grass of the outfield, it seemed like yet another chance might go begging.  However, the striker checked himself, and sent a superb finish past Robert Green into the corner.  Stamford Bridge –and especially the various supporters dressed in ‘I was there when Torres scored’ t-shirts went suitably potty.

What was perhaps more telling, though, was the way that every member of the Chelsea side mobbed their beleaguered front-man.  Whatever the rumours might have been regarding how many people outside of Roman Abramovich actually wanted Torres at the club might have been, the joy on the faces of the Spaniard’s team-mates seemed more than genuine.

Whether this will be any more than a flash in the pan for the long suffering striker remains to be seen, but for 14 glorious minutes, Fernando Torres of old lit up Stamford Bridge.

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