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Thanks for the Memories Nando

It`s been interesting the last few days!

Sat in the editorial chair, well my favourite comfy armchair to be more accurate, I`ve seen numerous comments drift across my laptop screen relating to the departure of Fernando Torres, comments both from this site and also from numerous Facebook pages.

Unfortunately, most of the comments have been, to put it mildly, derogatory!

Now the dust has died down, I`d like to approach his departure from another viewpoint, just to see what reaction it generates.

The manner in which I`m going to do this is to ask you three questions and at the end I`m going to second-guess your answers, so play along with me just to keep an old man happy if you will.

1 - On that January night when the news broke that Chelsea Football Club had negotiated and concluded, for a British record fee, the transfer of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea, did you jump up and down in excitement?

2 - On that marvellous night in the Nou Camp when circumstances contrived to leave us having to climb a mountain, when we found ourselves down to ten men and 2-0 down and when a superb goal from Ramires gave us a life-line which led to Chelsea leading a charmed life as Barcelona hammered against our door, did you jump up and down with a jig of delight as Torres sped away, ran three quarters the length of the pitch before rounding the keeper to score and cement our place in the Champions League Final?

3 - Back in that first troubled season Torres was with us, a time when he couldn`t buy a goal, do you recall when he got that first one, against West Ham I believe, when in the pouring rain even a puddle in front of the goal almost contrived to tackle him but he finally managed to make the net bulge, did you dance a jig of delight?

Off course, if you`re as mad as me then the answer to all three questions will be a resounding YES.

Nando might not go down in the history books as one of our most prolific strikers and his purchase fee might remain our record outlay for many a year, but they weren`t all bad times were they?

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 31 2014

Time: 5:29PM

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I can only wish him well at Milan. I won't forget his goal against Barcelona in 2012 and the way he dragged us all the way to Europa league win.
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31/08/2014 17:51:00

YES ! I also remember I loved him so much that even if we were winning games, I was still sad that he could not make the score sheet...... thank you Fernando.... El Nino or El Floppo it doesn't matter, and also doesn't matter how many open goals you've missed, I will always respect you for that goal against Barcelona :)
The Persian
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31/08/2014 18:44:00

Not forgetting his persistence in winning our only corner in Munich, which led to Drogba`s goal and ultimately the holy grail. Without winning that corner the trophy with the big ears, would not have ended up at Stamford Bridge. Thank you Nando.
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31/08/2014 18:47:00

The lad got a contract offer - he didn't twist our arm for it. He never fit our system of play, but it's no reason for abuse. He's a professional, who kept himself fit and available, and didn't use the media to create his own personal soap opera. I have the utmost respect for elite athletes, so long as they don't betray their abilities through poor attitudes. Bad goal scorer for CFC, no doubt. Still hard working, always on full throttle, even to the end. Lesson learned for our owner and scouting department. And an unfortunate lesson for the lad, himself, as he chose a big bankroll over productive footballing. Let's hope he finds himself again at Milan, and can finish out his career in style.
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31/08/2014 18:58:00

Thanks el nino! Good luck man :)
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31/08/2014 19:15:00

Thanks man........
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31/08/2014 19:37:00

farewell boy, hope our paths never cross again...
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31/08/2014 20:10:00

Excellent exercise Merlin. For the last two questions you asked like vitrtually all chelsea fans my answer is a resounding yes but for question 1 my answer is no. This was one call i got spot right..i knew he would not be a good fit for us ( i will admit i never expected his time with us would be as dissapointing as it turned out) and i had major concerns regarding his ability following his prior world cup injury and then subsequent surgery not to mention the outlandish price we paid. For all that cared to listen then i begged that we get Arguero or Dzeko or both instead of Nando or Neymar. What is done is done..i hope Roman has learnt his lesson and honestly i wish El nino well. I loved him as a kid at Atletico..he was sometimes unplayable in Liverpool red but for all he won while with us he never was a blue at heart. I feel his heart was still left either at the Vincente Calderon or Anfield or both. It was nice to see all the excitement that his arrival to Milan has brought to the Milan was also nice to see his beaming smile (something that has been rare in his chelsea days). At 30 he will never be the El Nino of Atletico nor of Liverpool ever again but if he can help Milan remain in the top half of Serie A despite how poor a side they have become he would have done well and may actually help Pippo Inzaghi keep his job ( which will be a good change from being a catalyst in the firing of several managers before). It seemed to be an omen that as he departed we instantly went on a huge scoring binge against a team that used to be a major bogey team for us ( and at their home patch to boot). The nando experiment failed at Chelsea but i hope the neccessary separation that has now happened will allow him find some joy and fulfillment once again as he nears the latter years of his footie career. Adios El wishes and once again to AC Milan "Gracie"!!!
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31/08/2014 20:23:00

Very well said Merlin. We are not the scouse or Le Arse,who disregard the little a player gives to the team,just because things didn't work out like we would have wanted it to. Overall he wore the Chelsea blue,and I wish him the very best in his endeavors. Cheers El Nino
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31/08/2014 20:28:00

I would like to think we will remember him for the good things he did for us . He did pretty well in cups ,helped us lift the Holy Grail and the Europa League , That goal against City at home . He was great for our Spanish players . I really hope Milan is a good fit for him . And so right we are not Arse or the bin dippers so he has left us with some truly great memories as such we will always wish him the best .
Michael Reid
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31/08/2014 22:11:00

I wish Nando well in Italy and I hope he finds himself again. He gave all he had every game and he worked really hard for the team. He never turned into a luxury player on the pitch. He grafted and sweated for the cause. I believe his work rate may even be the yard-stick of expectations for our attacking players in terms of their contribution to every match. Good luck El Nino
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31/08/2014 23:56:00

And you have 3 yes(s) from me Merlin.
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31/08/2014 23:58:00

I never jumped with excitement for Poores. Never wanted him to join the club in the first place after his poor end to the 09/10 season, his awful world cup in 2010 and his awful first half of the 10/11 season. Knew he was finished before he arrived and always knew the £50mil was going to be wasted. So wanted the better and cheaper potential in Aguero even with all the fools on here who didn't want him. Well we all know who went on to be a star and who was a flop. After 3 and a 1/2 years I can finally say I'm finally happy with our squad now Poores has gone!
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01/09/2014 01:03:00

Top lad, honestly wish him all the best.
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01/09/2014 01:47:00

Definitely one of my fav players at chelsea. For all his mi*****s, I like him for the work rate & selfish play he gives in the field. His goals in Europe are very special and critical for our success. 3 goals (UCL, Europa Final & SUper Cup) are great. I always hoped he will get his form back, but suddenly comes a injury or red card. Also, he couldnt get his mind away from the price tag attached to him. The media played a crucial role in his form, continously ridiculing him for the fee paid and his output in terms of goals.
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01/09/2014 06:44:00

Wish him all the best for his time with Milan.
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01/09/2014 06:45:00

Wish him all the best. My favourite chelsea player despite his woes. Good luck El nino on your new adventure. A big YES to the three questions & even a bigger jump to the 'miss' at old trafford. I jumped for celebration when i saw how he rounded the keeper with an open net to beat but lo, his woes started...
prince china
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01/09/2014 08:24:00

All the Best Torres.
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01/09/2014 09:53:00

Yes to all 3 questions. For question 1 though, I was excited that we signed Torres but I was a little bit skeptical about the crazy fee we paid and wasn't exactly jumping up and down.The way some fans reacted to Torres's departure is beyond disgraceful.
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01/09/2014 13:26:00

I don't like the fact that his first start was against Liverpool-too much pressure.
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01/09/2014 14:11:00

good luck man. hope you have better time in Milan.
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01/09/2014 23:34:00

Arriverderci Señor Porres...Godspeed dude
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02/09/2014 05:17:00

Adi¨®s Amigo, Adi¨®s Comradre. You gave us your all even though the pressure associated with your price tag weighed heavily on you. You still defended the CFC Badge faithfully. May your days in Milan be fruitful.
Uche Okechukwu
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02/09/2014 09:29:00


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