Chelsea star Fernando Torres hails Roberto Di Matteo for bringing him back
Fernando Torres has revealed the fell out of love with football during his struggle to earn a spot in Chelsea’s first team. The Spain international reckons he had to face his demons in order to rejuvenate his career.
The 28-year-old striker was under a ton of pressure at Chelsea following his British record transfer fee move of £50 million from Liverpool. Expectations were high from the Spaniard when he came into London, but Fernando Torres was nowhere near the El Nino legend he was became under a Reds jersey.
In an interview to El Pais, Fernando Torres hailed the Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo for guiding him through this rough patch. Fernando Torres admits that it was the Italian boss of Stamford Bridge, who helped him rediscover his passion for football.
“Halfway through last season, I distanced myself from the values I had grown up with,” Fernando Torres said. “In the past, I had team-mates who didn't care if the team won or lost because they were not playing.
“I never wanted to be like that - but one day I discovered that I was like them, that it didn't matter if Chelsea won or lost. I wasn't part of the group.
“I discovered that I was not happy because I had stopped being what I had always wanted to be. In the dressing room, you can never lose that group concept, but I learnt to look at myself and to realize that the only person that can change is you.
“I became more mature, I came to know myself better and became conscious of the fact that it depends on me. I learnt to be more self-critical, to understand everyone better and to accept the situation.”
Fernando Torres came to Chelsea as replacement for the legendary Didier Drogba, but so far the former Atletico Madrid has far from filling his boots. Nonetheless, Fernando Torres has gained form and is considered to be a crucial asset in Chelsea’s attack.
Fernando Torres also said that he did not want to be remembered as a “bad team-mate or disrespectful or self-important” man after his retirement. Fernando Torres further said that Roberto Di Matteo “made me a better player”.
“I can control some issues I didn't control in the past,” Fernando Torres added.
Fernando Torres, who was once the favorite son of the Kop, left Liverpool under emotional and controversial circumstances.
“I owe Liverpool a huge amount. Liverpool is a fundamental part of my life,” Fernando Torres said. “Their fans don't remember me that way, but time will change that. I could not have chosen a better place to go.
“The other day, when the news broke about Hillsborough, I felt emotional. I know what the people have been through, I have seen them cry. I've lived that, I made it mine. Also, my son is still a Liverpool fan.”