Chelsea striker Torres hits out at unrealistic expectations
Fernando Torres has admitted he needs to score more goals for Chelsea, Yahoo Sports has reported, but feels there are unrealistic expectations on him because of the price the Blues paid to take the Spain international from Liverpool.
Chelsea spent £50m on Torres in January 2011 and since then, he has netted 37 goals in 139 games - compared with 81 in 14 2 for the Reds. But after a slow start to his career at Stamford Bridge, Torres enjoyed a prolific campaign last season, scoring 23 goals as Chelsea returned to the Premier League’s top four and won the Europa League under his old Anfield boss, Rafael Benitez.
And yet Torres doesn’t feel he’s received the credit he deserves, complaining that there is a negative perception of him regardless of what he does on the pitch. “There has been an overreaction about everything,” Torres told Chelsea TV. “Overreact when I did a miss or if I have a red card or I hit the crossbar instead of scoring a goal.
“It was a good season (last year), a good number of goals that gave us a chance to fight for trophies but if you ask the people, they will say he can do better, should do better,” Torres continued. “It's like I said, with me good things are looking so-so and bad things are looking really bad. For me, (the fee) has never been a problem.
“When I joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid they paid €36m and it was the same situation and never affected me. Everyone is talking about that but it's not true.”
Torres however did accept that he needs to produce last season’s form on a regular basis The people are looking at me thinking I should do much better and it's true," he said. “The reason you pay that money for someone is that he has shown in the past he is worth that…The amount of goals I scored last season should be the minimum,” he conceded.
Since joining Chelsea, Torres has claimed the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League, having gone without a trophy in his three-and-a-half seasons on Merseyside. At international level, Torres has also been part of the Spain sides that won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2010.
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