Playing as a striker is honestly not as difficult as Chelsea's forwards make it look.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 2, 2014
The Blues lost 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with the French champions who happen to boast the attacking talents of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, both of whom are linked with a possible move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Surprised Mourinho has persisted without a recognised striker on the pitch.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 2, 2014
Neither one of the two powerhouse strikers found the back of the net at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night – instead it was Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore who took the credit for two goals compounded by an own goal from Blues defender David Luiz.
Schurrle looked a little lost during his brief 59 minute outing until he was replaced by Torres who looked equally bemused leading Gary Lineker to question whether the Spanish World Cup winner was a ‘recognized centre-forward’.
The former Three Lions striker seemed bemused himself at Jose Mourinho’s lack of ammunition against the Ligue 1 giants, despite Eden Hazard’s 27th minute equalizer from the spot.
Chelsea took just seven attempts on goal of which just two were on target to the hosts 13 shots and three on target with the home side taking the majority share of possession on the night.
In my estimation, perhaps the attacking quality of the opposition was something that put off Torres especially – he has suffered a confidence crisis pretty much since he arrived at Stamford Bridge for £50 million and having two world-class finishers at the other end who are linked with potentially coming in to replace him this summer may well have done just enough to give the Blues striker a psychological disadvantage.