Some feel that Torres’ best days are behind him, but every now and again the striker shows glimpses of the player who terrorised the world’s best defenders. Today was one of those days.
Chelsea cruised through this encounter against a decent Southampton side at Saint Mary’s, scoring all three goals in the second half. The first half was an entertaining affair, despite the lack of goals. It was the second half substitutions, however, that swung the game Chelsea's way, with Oscar and Willian entering the fray. Chelsea then upped their game and produced a devastating final 30 minutes to take all three points.
£50m striker Torres opened the scoring on the 60th minute, showing instincts of old as he pounced when Oscar’s shot rebounded off the post. Chelsea then clinically dispatched Southampton on the counter with further goals from Willian and Oscar.
The highlight of Chelsea’s victory, however, was the performance of their Spanish striker, who registered a surprisingly high 49 touches, and found footwork of old to produce four successful dribbles, second only to Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard.
Torres’ neat footwork allowed him to find space and move into shooting positions, pulling off four attempts during the 90 minutes - more than any other Chelsea player. It was a performance that rightfully earned the Spanish international the Man of the Match award.
'I'm very happy with Fernando's performance. His goal completely changed the game because after that the game was in our hands. It was an important goal for him', Mourinho said.
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