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The El nino interview

Yesterday was a historic day in the history of our club as we all know but less than 24 hours after that epic victory in Munich, Fernando Torres gave an interview to Guillerm Balague essentially whining about his lack of playing time etc etc etc.

I wont bore you with the details, anyone who hasn't read it already can easily google it on the internet. Please don't get me wrong, those who know me will acknowledge that while I never felt signing Torres was the right move for Chelsea FC (and certainly not at the price we paid for him) I have always loved the guy from his Atletico Madrid days and have always been looking out for ways to make his time as blue productive and mutually beneficial.

El Nino is one of the most beloved blues and this is despite the fact that he really has little body of achievements as a blue to justify it. I just feel we should be consistent and call a spade a spade, this interview was very ill timed and the things he said in the interview are the sort of things that should be discussed in private with coaching and administrative staff not in the tabloid press.

That is just the truth, anyone trying to defend this action from Torres is just being hypocritical. Would we be as forgiving if this had been Lamps moaning, we all know how Lamps has been brutally abused for the way he publicly handled his poor relationship with AVB (and I said along with others that Lamps should have done better than that and kept his mouth shut from the media), would we be as forgiving if this were Danny Sturridge?

We all know how hard many of us have been on the lad for asking publicly either by himself or through his dad to play in the central striking role. Would we have been so forgiving if Drogs had behaved this way? Look back to how the Drogs has handled himself since Torres has arrived, he has had to spend substantive time on the bench with Carlo, AVB and with RDM, never once has the Drogs complained to the media.

That is how a pro conducts himself, he makes the case for his inclusion by proving his worth on the pitch. Torres has been with us for just about 1.5 yrs and now already has two high level trophies, more than he had in his Liverpool days. He has Champions League football to look forward to next year. He can reasonably expect to have some high level reinforcements join us to make his job next year easier. He is paid handsomely and the majority of the blue nation fans adore him despite his really suboptimal output as a goal scorer for us thus far.

It is easy for El nino to blame Chelsea and our poor midfield for his problems but his form for La Roja has not be scintillating either and it would not surprise me if Vincente Del Bosque who is like a second father to the lad is forced to leave him of the Euros squad just because of his lack of form. The tone his interview had was essentially one of calling out the coaching staff and administration and asking for guaranteed playing time irrespective of his form and this barely one day after the club wins the Champions League!

This is ridiculous and wont win him any friends among his team mates or with the management staff, this is not how to go about this sort of things and I would think after the big mess he made of an interview earlier in the season when he essentially referred to his veteran team mates in unflattering terms he would have learnt his lesson.

For the record as my posts show I felt Torres should have started in the final along with Drogs. I once wrote an article suggesting he be given penalty duties, I feel he has improved quite a bit and has a place in our future but he needs to stop this very annoying habit of always crying to the media when he feels all is not going well for him, he needs to focus on competing for his place by his performance and effort on the pitch and when he has grievances discuss them with the powers that be man to man behind closed doors, not aired in the media to embarrass the club, undermine your team mates and put a very sour flavor to what should be the most unalloyed joyous occasion for our club.

Finally El nino be patient, you don't even have 2 years of history under your belt, you don't even have 20 goals scored as a blue and you now want to call the coaching staff and board out in the media, mate get real, you haven't earned the right!

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Date:Monday May 21 2012
Time: 1:01PM


Period!...i just hope a single ill timed interview does not lead to his exit...
21/05/2012 13:11:00
He's angry he didn't start against Bayern Munich which is understandable. Still he played an important role to win the corner which led to Drogba's goal.
Drog of War
21/05/2012 13:19:00
Doesn't seem to be much proof, is there a video or audio of the interview or just his word?
21/05/2012 13:21:00
in the parade, when interview Torres said " the best has yet to come" , so definitely his interview with Guilem Ballague yesterday was more emotion type of interview because he only came on at 85th minute, and btw yesterday he looks fine in the parade, he was laughing and cheering, though i agree with you he needs to be proffesional in his interview
21/05/2012 13:22:00
i would have been *****ed too if a player who has not even played in any champions league games for us and has pretty much zero experience played instead of me who the club payed £50 million for and who has been playing bloodywell(my opinion there) of late!! with ramires out torres should have started simple. did you see how he helped out in defence too? he tracked back when needed, plus we looked so much more dangerous once he was on the field too. im pretty sure drogba will be gone in the summer and that torres will be told he will be the number one striker at the club.
21/05/2012 13:22:00
"@F8Piraux: Drogba quitte Chelsea ! L'Ivoirien l'a annoncé à ses coéquipiers. Vraiment triste d'écrire ce tweet... via FranceFootball. #CFC #Drogba". "@F8Piraux: Didier Drogba leaves Chelsea... via FranceFootball. Very sad news for Blues ! #CFC @Princelinho10". "@F8Piraux: Foot - Transferts : : Drogba quitte Chelsea via @lequipe". "@F8Piraux: @KAKUfrank Two newspapers FranceFootball and l'Equipe give this information in France. I think is serious. Drogba say that last night." English Press: "@CarloFan: Didier Drogba to swap one football-mad billionaire for another: Chelsea star set for move to China #CFC"
21/05/2012 13:22:00
Torres also said this at the end, which everyone seems to have missed: "But in the end I could participate and offer the team something. I'm really happy."
21/05/2012 13:25:00
Torres may be frustrated with his Chelsea career so far, but this looks as though he has been tucked-up by that self-publicising weasel Guilem Ballague.
21/05/2012 13:26:00
Far from a Torres apologist I kind of sympathise with him, you feel if Drogba got his contract extension it would not matter how good Torres form was Drogba would be the automatic choice in a final.
21/05/2012 13:26:00
The guy has gone mental...a day after his most successful season in Club football, he moans. What an ass!
21/05/2012 13:27:00
blueklaw in the parade he also mention "the best has yet to come" so i'm positive 100% he is staying, beside lately 2012 he has been performing brilliant, and after he come on he fares better than Kalou and Malouda combine, so yeah of course he was dissapointed (i'm looking from general/neutral view?
21/05/2012 13:27:00
and don't forget he volunteer to take the penalty but RDM refuse to give it to him, so yeah i understand his dissapointment
21/05/2012 13:30:00
Torres also made the Euros. I will advise all chelsea fans to go the Balague's website and read the full transacript of his interview and when you do, then comment on the Torres interview.
21/05/2012 13:33:00
Anarchy, but Drogba delivers. Torres doesn't.
21/05/2012 13:34:00
@anarchy, per the french and english media, Drogba has announced to the teammates his departure
21/05/2012 13:37:00
I didn't want Torres when he came just because Poo wanted to get rich off us and were holding us ransom for what they were asking. Now that he's at the club and we did pay so much money for him we should have played him more this season (I blame AVB) to get some return. However Drogba's performance in the final could not been faulted. But I feel if Torres were allowed more game time during to season he would have been more sharp and been in contention to start the final.
21/05/2012 13:40:00
The guy was speaking form the heart. Hes a world class player signed for 50 million he wants to play. Yes we won the ifnal but i would have strated him on th right not taking anythign away from kalou and bertrand. I'm at a peak moment in my career, with more desire and hunger than I've felt in a long time, but I've had to spend the final on the bench. "It was a huge disappointment when I saw the line-up, perhaps the biggest disappointment in my life. I thought I would play in this game and I couldn't imagine not doing so." This is a type of player i want playing for my club!!!
21/05/2012 13:41:00
Kaku Torres hasnt made the Euro's yet. It was only the squad for their 2 friendlies. The team is yet to be named!
21/05/2012 13:41:00
Hey guys, the interview was in Spanish and may be some meaning is lost in translation. I found a skysport interview of Torres (in English). He said that Drogba scored a great goal and he is disappointed that he didn’t start but the main thing is to win, so it doesn’t matter who plays. He also said that he knows not every player could start and he is happy for Bertrand because Bertrand is a great player and a great guy. He also said that this is a very difficult season because no one believe in us and the fans deserve more. The mood of this interview is the total opposite to the one he gave in Spanish. So watch it with your own eyes here.
I am Number 7
21/05/2012 13:51:00
The problem with Torres is he needs good service and we havent been able to provide it for him or any of our strikers this season....its no coincidence that no one managed 20+ goals for us this season. I think a couple of wingers (already have one in marin) and an attacking midfielder is needed to bring some creativity for torres and I know he can grab us 30+ goals next season. Similarly a few must leave this season such as malouda, one out of essien or mireles, Kalou and drogba maybe!
21/05/2012 13:52:00
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