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Michael Owen hits out at Mourinho's tactics, questions the defence and backs Torres

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen took to Twitter to defend the 30-year-old striker, questioning both Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's defence in the process.


The Chester-born striker is perhaps one of the few people in world football that can empathise with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as the rise and fall of both men can be mirrored next to each other. 

It's fair to say both strikers enjoyed a great deal of success at Liverpool, however, upon big money moves away from the club found themselves under question, for one reason or another. 

The Chelsea striker has become a much criticised Premier League figure in recent years. He has a incredibly poor goal to game ratio in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge and the £50 million price tag has been far, far from justified. However, it seems whenever he starts a game, if he doesn't hit the ground running, he has people on his back very quickly. Last night was a prime example. 

He was handed perhaps the toughest job of any player in a Chelsea shirt of the season and although he didn't score a hatful of goals or get that many chances to shoot, it's fair to say he did what was asked of him and the abuse was totally unwarranted. 

Michael Owen was quick to raise that point not long into the match via Twitter...

It's completely fair to say that Torres was sold short by the tactics set out by Mourinho, which would have no doubt left the Spaniard frustrated. In fact, the player position map of the Chelsea team shows that Fernando Torres was the only Chelsea player to play most of his game completely in the opposition half - which is staggering. Not only that, nearly 30% of Chelsea's 264 passes were long ball with just 23 hitting their intended target. 

Michael Owen also questioned the defence's ability based on how they set their tactics out, claiming his 65-year-old dad could play in that system...

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