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Torres Bounces Back?

With Daniel Sturridge still nursing an injury, options, striker-wise, were still very limited last night.

Rafael Benitez, our interim manager, had no choice but to continue with Fernando Torres, a striker that has come in for some flak in recent weeks, whether it be deserved or undeserved.

But, last night, Torres delivered.

Of course there were moments of frustration as balls were miss-controlled or passes were over-hit or shots were a little wayward, but ploughing that lone furrow, on the whole, Fernando did well.

His performance was, of course, topped off by his two goals and on another night he might well have walked away with the match ball and with a hat-trick to his name, but it wasn`t to be.

After the match, Rafa the interim manager offered some praise to his striker, remarking to the media,

"I hope this is a springboard for him. He has shown his quality today."

"I said before that if we created chances then he would get goals."

"I saw him sharper in training yesterday with a bit more confidence and he was fine today."

But, and I`m being realistic here, I see last night as nothing more than another false dawn considering the caliber of the opposition.

That is, unless you`d like to prove me wrong Fernando!

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 6 2012

Time: 4:41PM

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I'm so hoping this game is the catalyst of his re-emergence. I've seen him under Rafa and he seems to hungrier now, as he was when the season started. Whether that's a false dawn or not, time will tell but I certainly hope so
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06/12/2012 16:53:00

Its a fluke!Torres isn't going to get better...imagine the first goal?he missed on d first attempt....which means torres won't be able to score unless there is no goal keeper....he scored two goals because of the opposition,just as he scored two goals against genk last season and he still didn't improve.....
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06/12/2012 17:11:00

Let's not be mealy mouthed about it guys, Torres played well and if he had a bit of luck on the first goal, so what? Unlucky players don't score and he did well to stay on his feet so deserved the break. I'm not naive enough to predict that this is a new and glorious beginning but, coupled with the manager's influence it just might be the beginning of the end of his self doubt. We don't have another option until Danny is fit and, if the gossip linking him to Liverpool is correct, he may not be the answer anyhow. So we need Torres to succeed, think how good it would be to have say Falcao join in January but be kept on the bench by a rampaging Fernando? Unlikely I know but those are the sort of dreams we fans have to take comfort in.
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06/12/2012 17:31:00

Apparently hulk wants to leave zenit, should we go back in.
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06/12/2012 20:04:00

No we should not for hulk , he is too arrogant and demands too much wage
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06/12/2012 20:08:00

he got subbed after a crap performance against milan( i was watching the match instead of madrid vs ajax , dortmund vs city cause i like milan , he started raging at the coach even though he played 77 minutes...and zenit won...
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06/12/2012 20:10:00

i wish the best for both torres and chelsea
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06/12/2012 20:11:00

From a distance, Hulk is like a 6 or 7 walking down the street and you're like oh ok she's pretty then she gets closer and it's like she morphs into some alien creature that has no clue about personal hygiene or even what a damn comb can do.
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06/12/2012 20:24:00

Well for Torres sake and the team hopefully he stays consistent from know till January.
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06/12/2012 20:32:00

Who are we kidding? We need a striker in January!
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06/12/2012 21:15:00

Same old habit of scorin meaningless goals
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06/12/2012 23:00:00

Poor Torres....scores two goals and still gets shat on!
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06/12/2012 23:10:00

He got lucky against Nordsjaelland...He wouldn't have scored if was any team from the Prem.
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06/12/2012 23:16:00

If he's more hungrier under rafa I think that is absolute pathetic and I hope rafa takes him with him when he leaves in the summer!
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06/12/2012 23:18:00

And I still think he played crap yesterday....Ray Wilkins was asked by Stelling if Torres looked any better and Wilkins said it like it was... NO!!!
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06/12/2012 23:20:00

Id love to sell him...I wouldnt care if we got nothing...Id rather take the 50m loss!
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06/12/2012 23:22:00

The problem here is, if he does play well for a month and scores maybe 6-7 goals, we might think he is back and not buy a striker. If after the window shuts in January he goes back into his shell we'll be in the same *****. Need a back up or even a replacement, no question.
Mia Maynard
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07/12/2012 06:36:00

from whence is your Hulk analogy based FOREVER??
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07/12/2012 06:37:00

I dont believe in his performances...maybe this is a one-off good performances he may put may be continous dont keep high hopes....
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07/12/2012 08:46:00

I'd rather he continue scoring those fluke of his within now till January and see if it cause someone to get interested and agree to take him away in January - by loan or even been gifted to another team. No one person saw him in the game. We all did.
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07/12/2012 09:11:00

Am not fooled by that performance,he is just a teaser! He might play well until january, score goals and get us deceived into not buying not only a back-up but an outright replacement in the window,and afterwards returns to his normal flopping self. No matter what,and am quite convinced,we are getting a striker or two in January.
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07/12/2012 09:57:00

Torres flatterin to deceive...hope the board is not fooled by lady torres' antics
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07/12/2012 10:17:00

Again I am wishing him the best but we played Nordstrum or whatever their name is.. Even QPR would put couple of goals behind this team. Remember they were roundly beaten by all in that group and they happened to be our easiest opposition throughout the goup stage. Lets not get overtly excited because Torres isn't back. I am sure he'll go back to his Poorress self as soon as we play a stronger opposition. WE NEED ANOTHER STRIKER IN JANUARY.
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07/12/2012 10:47:00

We need him to score goals at least till January, because I know the board will get a new quality CF even If Torres scores 20goals from now till January. He is one of the reasons for our poor form in the league and CL elimination, he cannot bail us out from trouble like Dzeko, RVP and Hernandez do for their teams, he has lost so much pace and strenght.
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07/12/2012 11:53:00


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