Torres has enjoyed a slight turnaround in form lately, which has seen him start to hit the back of the net frequently, which has caused many Chelsea fans to put down their match day programmes and start paying attention.
Several sources and fans have suggested Torres could be axed at the end of the season, regardless of who comes in as the club’s next manager which means he’s always under pressure to play well and pick up goals if he wants to stay at the club.
The defining factor over whether he has finally turned around his form at Chelsea, can only be determined by how he plays in big matches, such as the clash against Manchester City.
He’ll be very unlucky not to be given a chance during the game because of his fairly recent form and if he does play, he has to get his head down and try to bag a goal otherwise it could all be over.
A positive performance will also switch the pressure over to Demba Ba and Victor Moses who will quickly become the targets for criticism while the Spaniard continues to build momentum and turn his form around.
If he can do that then the magnifying glass shouldn’t be on him as prominently when the next boss comes in and reviews the squad and where cuts have to be made in order for Chelsea to move forward.
Barring a possible Europa League final, this could well be the final ‘big’ game of his Chelsea career and it couldn’t be any tougher, against a side that have just beaten their main rivals in the Premier League away from home.
If Torres doesn’t perform to the high standard that Chelsea expect and which he has set himself throughout his career, it will be very difficult for him to convince anyone connected to the club that he can improve and get better than he currently is.
If he puts in a performance that gets him some positive attention, over more criticism, it will just add to his case when it comes to the summer and whether the club will decide to sell him on.
He also needs to try and play well because that could be the case anyway and he needs to give himself the best possible chance of getting snapped up by a similar calibre team, as opposed to going to a league which is a step down from the Premier League and English football in general.
He has to play out of his skin because City will not be short of players who can stop him from having a massive influence on the game. He may have to think outside the box in terms of how to combat City’s defence but the recent signs are positive and if you’re a Torres fan, he may just about save himself with an important goal.
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