I have to say I think AVB was right the other day when he claimed that the media have an "Obsession" with Fernando Torres. Day a...

I have to say I think AVB was right the other day when he claimed that the media have an "Obsession" with Fernando Torres. Day after day we are reading something about him and his performances. Granted, the transfer fee we paid for him hasn't done him any favours as the media will always put him under scrutiny but, I still cannot believe the coverage he is getting just in pre-season!

Torres spoke to the media for the first time on our pre season tour and answered questions of his record so far at Chelsea and his form on tour and he said:
"I am 27. I don’t forget how to score goals. I will score. We are all trying to be in the best form for the new season. There are big expectations for the new season that Chelsea always have. I have been here six months and I can see the winning mentality they have.

It is going to be a long season and now is a time to get ready. My form is OK, like my team-mates. We have a new manager and it's time to get ready."

I mean seriously, can you believe that Torres HAS TO state that he doesn't forget how to score goals, it's ridiculous!.

People need to judge Torres during the course of the season or at least after the season has started and not on pre season. I posted it the other day about pre season and what it means for AVB and the players and that is getting used to AVB' ideas and getting fit.

We should not expect Chelsea to play every single pre season game with all guns blazing, hammering teams in every game as if they haven't been away. In addition to that, you have to take into consideration the players are having double sessions each day in the humidity out there in Asia and it takes it's toll.

Of course, now we are four games into pre season, we should be looking for an improvement from everyone, game upon game and we are beginning to see that, including Fernando Torres.

I really believe that Fernando Torres will be on fire this season in a Chelsea shirt and will score plenty of goals including important ones this season. I have said before, form is temporary but class is permanent and that's the case with Torres.

We have to remember, he wasn't fit last season at Liverpool or at Chelsea and admitted it himself. He has stated that this summer was his first break from football in five seasons and now with a full pre season underway, we should see a fitter, happier and hungry Fernando Torres in a Chelsea shirt this season.

I read yesterday that people have compared him to Andrei Shevchenko which is unfair in my opinion as they are two different players. Like I said at the start of this blog post, I can't believe the negative press he is getting just during pre season so far.

AVB made a comment during his press conference as our new manager about fine tuning the team as a whole and it couldn't be more relevant now. Just look at how similar the situation with Falcao at Porto was. He said:
"We faced this question last year at Porto with a striker of the quality of Falcao. He was a striker who didn't find the back of the net in pre-season and was frustrated. We didn't tune the team to provide to him. We tuned the team as a whole. Once we did that, he scored 30 goals in a season, 60 in two seasons. It's about fine-tuning the team, not the player."

You see what I mean, I still think that Chelsea are in need of fine tuning as a whole and that will come as the season starts and then only then should we need to judge Fernando Torres. If you do not provide Torres with the service he needs then he won't score goals as we have seen. Under AVB it's all about the group as a whole and not individuals and this is why I believe he WILL get the service this season.

So ignore all this bullshit being written at the moment, let the players get on with the rest of pre season and see what happens in our first couple of games in the Premier League.

Mark my words, this time next year all this talk of "Torres the flop" will be a distant memory.


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