Carragher hints that Mourinho is behind Torres failure this season

Jamie Carragher believes Rafa Benitez got more out of Fernando Torres at Chelsea than Jose Mourinho.

The Sky Sports pundit alongside former Red Devils defender Gary Neville certainly isn’t afraid to speak his mind – whether it’s controversial or not.

In his weekend roundup before the big Premier League matches, Carragher discusses in the Daily Mail his former teammate Fernando Torres and the effect Mourinho has had on him.

The Spanish international has had to watch on from the side-lines for the majority of the season as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has opted for summer signing Samuel Eto’o.

When called upon, Fernando Torres has rarely left a lasting impression suggesting that he is worthy of a place in the Blues starting XI. In over 20 Premier League appearances – 14 of those being starts – he has netted just four goals.

Mourinho - clearly frustrated with his strikers’ inability to kill teams off – opted to start their recent Champions League defeat at PSG without a recognised striker – a decision Carragher believes will spell the end for Chelsea’s current forwards.

“Jose Mourinho's decision to play without a striker in Paris, followed by his comments after that defeat, clearly spells the end of the road for Chelsea’s frontmen.”

It is easy to lay the blame at the strikers’ doors for failing to score the goals, but all three have been consistent goalscorers over the past few years.

So what exactly has changed? Jamie Carragher poses the question, before reminding Mourinho that Rafa Benitez managed to get over 20 goals from Fernando Torres last season.

He added: “They may have under-performed but has Mourinho done enough to get the best out of them?”

“Rafa Benitez, it should be remembered, certainly got more out of Torres and Ba than Mourinho has. The question now is whether Chelsea’s manager will be able to get a response when he really needs it.”

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