Considering he only completed nine of his 15 pass attempts, Fernando Torres managed to make such a big impact on Wednesday evening during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League knockout clash that he not only scored with his sole shot on goal, but also punctuated his status as an elite-level performer on the European stage.
Statistically, the Spaniard was not particularly impressive: 60% passing accuracy, unsuccessful in five of his eight aerial duels and 0% success with his crossing, yet his overall game had more to it than stats are able to highlight. His dribbling, for instance, was almost flawless and he was a near tireless worker on the field.
The 29-year-old was the focus of the post-match attention on social media, with stat sites referencing his recent record, his success in Europe and how he is now Chelsea's third top goal-scorer in all European competition.
Supporters, meanwhile, mentioned that if he is now entrusted with additional game-time, it may stand to logic that he would have been even greater than he was last night.
I think Torres was good last night. Needs more games though. #CFC— Dr Kelly (@KelechiNwagwu) February 27, 2014
Fernando Torres has scored in every game he's started in 2014, and has 9 goals in 15 starts overall this season. #CFC— Izzad (@IzzadZahari) February 27, 2014
Fernando Torres (16 goals) is now chelsea's 3rd highest European goalscorer (joint with Peter Osgood) #CFC— Chelsea Till We Die! (@followback_CFC) February 27, 2014
Fernando Torres: Has scored 4 goals in his last 5 starts for Chelsea in all competitions #CFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 26, 2014
Torres showed great strength against the Gala defenders last night. He'd have scored more had he had proper match fitness. #CFC— David (@CFCsocial) February 27, 2014
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