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Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Fernando Torres' Super Cup display

Fernando Torres has been linked with a Chelsea exit, did he save his career or put himself in the shop window against Bayern?

Bayern Munich will feel they got a small measure of revenge by beating Chelsea on penalties in the European Super Cup, but they are kidding nobody if they think Chelsea would swap the trophy for the one Roberto di Matteo won in May 2012.

The game finished 2-2 after normal time, with goals from Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard for the Blues.

Jose Mourinho will be disappointed to have lost another game to bitter rival Pep Guardiola, who will be relieved at the win after losing the German Super Cup to Borussia Dortmund.

Picking Torres in attack was a huge nod to the Spanish striker, who he left on the bench at Old Trafford on Monday, as he had a week earlier at home to Aston Villa.

The signature of Samuel Eto'o at the end of last week has led to questions regarding Torres' future, with one report in The Mirror claiming Mourinho is willing to listen to offers for the striker.

So how did he get on? We have taken a look at his performance from a statistical perspective and the reaction of supporters...

Torres' excellent goal was one of three shots he had during the match, and came from the only strike he had on target.

However his passing left a lot to be desired, completing just 55 per cent of his passes, the lowest percentage of any outfield player on the pitch who started the game. With Chelsea struggling for possession this was crucial, although he did make only three less passes (20) than Eden Hazard (23), with Frank Lampard only narrowly more on 29.

Torres can at least take comfort in that penalty villain Romelu Lukaku completed just 45 per cent of his passes during his time on the pitch, seven in total.

He won three out of four of his aerial duels, 75 per cent, compared to opposition striker Mario Mandzukic who won just 22 per cent, outpowered by Chelsea's defenders.

Torres also won three tackles, a creditable amount, although it paled in signficance to the eight won by teammate Oscar. The Spaniard was one of seven Chelsea players booked, with Ramires picking up a second yellow.

He was flagged offside only once, an improvement on the five times Demba Ba was caught out against Aston Villa earlier this season.

So how did all that translate into real terms; did his efforts improve the perception of the future of his Chelsea career? Will he continue at the club?

Here is what fans think...

Now let us what you think of Torres' future prospects...

image: © Ben Sutherland

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