Chelsea plays Liverpool on Sunday in a matchup of two of the EPL’s historic franchises. Fernando Torres will be the main spectacle of the afternoon as he brings his game, which has gotten back on track of late, to Stamford Bridge to aid The Blues who are looking to make a late push for the Premier League title.
Yeah that’s right, Torres went from The Reds to The Blues and four days later takes on his former club in primetime. Oh the drama. Drama doesn’t even begin to discuss the last five days of events.
Chelsea acquired Torres from Liverpool for 50 million pounds in the third highest transfer in the history of the sport. It was a move that Chelsea had been looking to make to make their roster younger and deeper for years to come once aging stars like Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka leave.
Upon his arrival Torres had made controversial statements one by one. Makes you wonder if he hired LeBron James’ publicist.
He said that couldn’t wait for Liverpool to return to the top of table in the EPL and wait out their rebuilding process under new owner John Henry. He claimed that he never loved Liverpool like he did his previous club of Atletico Madrid stating that “…the romance in football has gone. It’s a different thing now. People are coming and leaving. When you are joining a club you want to do the best for yourself and that club and that’s all.” He made it clear that he wanted to play for Chelsea two weeks before the closing of the transfer window and that the “broken promises” made by management were the reason for it. In other words the guy was a little tired of life in Anfield.
You can’t blame him though. They sold two of their top players (Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano) to La Liga and previous owner Tom Hicks brought the franchise down to new depths with their prolonged open sale of the team and lack of progress.
However, dude, do it on the field and not in the papers.
Torres says that he respects the fans of Liverpool and that he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored a goal tomorrow. Yet if you respect them so much why run the team into the ground and claim you never kissed the badge of The Reds? Fans burned Torres’ merchandise outside of the stadium (like James) and in future visits they might not be so kind to him upon his entry onto the field.
Here’s what I get from Torres. He’s the Spanish LeBron. A super talented player who can control a game whenever he wants and can single handedly lead a team to victory, yet doesn’t like the responsibility of it all.
He leaves Liverpool right as the club is making a big push up the EPL table and is close to a Europa league spot. He leaves right as Liverpool acquired a great goal scorer in Luiz Suarez from Ajax to be his right-hand man. Their schedule for the rest of the year is more than favorable as they don’t face Man U., Man City or Chelsea after Sunday.
So why would you leave a situation that looks like it getting better to be a front-runner on a better team?
That’s who he is. He doesn’t want to be the guy. He wants to be a big name that scores a lot of goals but isn’t counted on to lead a team. he’s going to enjoy being behind Drogba, Anelka, Florent Malouda and John Terry in the same way that James enjoys being a part of a large group with Wade and Bosh. However, what happens when they leave?
As a Chelsea fan I like the acquisition because we needed a shot in the arm offense and we needed to get younger past Solomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge. What I don’t like is that he’s a guy that you cant count on in tough times, and seeing as how Chelsea just got out of a horrendous 9-game rut it makes me wonder if that were to happen again how much worse it would be with Torres there.
So tomorrow morning the Fernando Torres era begins at Stamford Bridge against is old mates. It’ll start with all of the cheers, fanfare, glitz and glamour that it should with an acquisition of this nature. Yet I wonder how this will all play out in the future? After all we all know Torres won’t be kissing the seal of Chelsea anytime soon. Maybe his allegiances will lie elsewhere and maybe in quicker fashion than his 3-½ year stint at Anfield.