Cesar Azpilicueta has come out with a bizarre claim that Fernando Torres’ poor run of form is because of goalkeepers.
Fernando Torres has never been the same since he left Liverpool, that much is plain and simple for everyone to see. The reasons for it vary but Chelsea’s right back Cesar Azpilicueta reckons it’s all the fault of good Premier League goalkeepers.
There is sticking up for teammates when they are taking stick from all angles and then there is just making up excuses for one of Chelsea’s poorest investments in the history of the Premier League.
“He perhaps hasn't had the luck that strikers need - there are times when he comes up against goalkeepers have the game of their life against him,” Azpilicueta told Goal.com.
That’s a fair enough statement but it doesn’t explain Torres’ ability to not only latch onto chances which are created for him, but to make chances for himself and get into positions where he literally doesn’t give the goalkeeper a chance.
The majority of professional goalkeepers are at a level where if any decent striker gives them half a chance to make a save, they will do so because of the current standard of goalkeeping across football as a sport.
“Fernando always works hard, he wants the best for the team and for him, in all the training sessions he works so hard,” he added.
Again, another fair enough statement but Torres never seems to have worked out the issues, which have stopped him from becoming a prolific Chelsea striker despite his current weaknesses.
He doesn’t have the pace he once had at Liverpool, which means he can’t play as high up the pitch. Chelsea have talented midfield players, yet he doesn’t move around as much as he once did, as he leads the front line.
It’s just basic and logical things which Torres has not done efficiently or consistently since he joined Chelsea and a reason why he’ll just never be the same player. You’ll be hard pushed to find any loyal Chelsea fan that would argue against him leaving this summer.
Azpilicueta has also quashed rumours that Torres’ international career is over after he missed out on being called up to the Spain squad for the next round of World Cup qualifiers. He can make all of the excuses he likes but the writing is on the wall, some just choose not to read it.
Is Azpilicueta just making excuses for his mate?
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