Fernando Torres to use his new-found form to revive career with Chelsea and Spain
Mist still hangs over the fate of Fernando Torres since Jose Mourinho hasn’t confirmed if he wants the Spaniard under him at Chelsea. In wait of the decision, Fernando Torres claims he can still bring out his best form under Jose Mourinho. The former Liverpool striker claims he warded off the demons from his past and is ready to create his legacy at Chelsea.
Fernando Torres has failed to reach the heights he promised after his £50 million move from Liverpool in 2011. In a move that set the record for the highest transfer fees paid in for a player in the Premier League, Fernando Torres left the Reds to play to continue with his phenomenal form at Chelsea, but with 34 goals in 131 appearances it has become clear that so far Fernando Torres is only a mere shadow of his former form.
However, there are some good signs of hope. Fernando Torres has been in red-hot form for his country. The 29-year-old striker is currently the leading goalscorer at Confederations Cup in Brazil, where he has scored five goals for Spain in the group stages. Moreover, Fernando Torres was Chelsea’s highest goalscorer in all competition last season.
Fernando Torres admits he has found it hard to settle down at Chelsea. The striker, who has been under severe scrutiny for his form since his arrival, wants critics and fans to judge him for his current form.
“In the end I think it is people who remember my first year at Chelsea, which was not good, rather than the current situation,” Fernando Torres told Radio MARCA. “I am happy with how I'm playing even though I am very demanding. Things are getting back to normal for me.
“I feel great, physically good, despite the season being a long one. I feel very comfortable, strong and quick.”
Spain, who just recently broke the record for the longest undefeated streak, are scheduled to face Italy in the Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday. Fernando Torres hopes his side will be able to pick a convincing victory and admitted that there were great expectations from La Furia Roja.
“You win 3-0 in the final phase of a tournament and still people think you can do better,” Fernando Torres added. “We have lived through generations of teams that were eliminated, that lost games or thought a 1-0 win was enough. Now the fact that winning 3-0 is not enough shows how far we have come.”
Italy will be keen on getting revenge over Spain following defeat in the Euro 2012 final. Fernando Torres believes his side will have the mental advantage over the Azzurri, but his should remain wary of complacent form.
“All Spaniards know what Italy has meant to Spain in the history of the game,” Fernando Torres said. “They have knocked us out of World Cups and European Championships.
“Now we have the wins in 2008 and last year as a reference, we know what we have to do, but a team with great players like they have can be very dangerous if it has been hurt in the past. When they have to compete they will because they have done it all their lives.”