Torres frustrated with criticism

Fernando Torres has responded to continued criticism of his form since joining Chelsea for £50m in 2011, saying ‘people will only remember my first year’, reports the Daily Star.

Despite scoring 22 goals in all competitions last season, Torres’ performances were still widely scrutinised as he was said to be lacking the quality that he showed in his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool. In the second half of last season, Demba Ba, signed in January from Newcastle United, provided competition to Torres and was occasionally preferred in the bigger games by Rafael Benitez.

After suffering injury problems during the latter months of his time at Anfield, Torres seemed to struggle to find form once he arrived at Chelsea, often being criticised for his displays. And while Torres acknowledges that in an interview with Spanish radio station Radio Marca, he believes that people are dwelling on his early performances for the club, claiming:

“In the end people remember my first year at Chelsea, which was not good, rather than the current situation. I am happy with how I’m playing, even though I am very demanding. Things are getting back to normal for me.”

His immediate future will be discussed with new manager Jose Mourinho, after the 29-year-old returns from the Confederations Cup in Brazil, where he is currently the leading scorer.

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