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TORRES WILL EMULATE DROGBA

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has said that his main ambition would be to emulate the success that the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba achieved at the club. The Ivory Coast international arrived at the club in 2004 for a transfer fee of just £ 24 million, while Fernando Torres arrived in 2011 for more than double the fee paid for Drogba.

However, Drogba has become part of the Chelsea’s history in the best possible way after helping the club win numerous titles in the last eight years. He has been an irreplaceable part of the Chelsea team in the last eight seasons.

He recently decided to bring an end to his stay at Chelsea by signing for the Chinese club in Shanghai Shenhua as a free agent. This has meant that Fernando Torres is the main striker at Stamford Bridge. It is a position that he would have been expecting upon his arrival as a £ 50 million signing in 2011. However, he has had to play second fiddle to draw up until now, but the Spaniard has said that his main objective is to overcome the achievements of the Ivory Coast international. Didier Drogba has won every major trophy that is available as a Chelsea player.

“I am looking forward to it. I like the responsibility and it’s a thing I’ve been doing all my life. I think Didier did everything for this club. Scoring the winning goal in the Champions League was an inspiration for us. Our relationship was great and I was talking to him when he decided to leave. He wished me all the best and hopefully one day Chelsea fans will remember me as they are going to remember him,” said Fernando Torres on the official website of the club. Torres has been disappointing since his arrival, but there are signs of revival.

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NO PROBLEMS FROM TORRES

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has said that he believes that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not cause Portugal as many problems as Cesc Fabregas, who has been used as the false striker in many matches in the Euro 2012 by the Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque.

Portugal will be taking on Spain in the first semi-final knowing that the winner of the tie will be facing either Germany or Italy in the final of the competition. Even though Portugal are not expected to get past the group stages, they have defied expectation by getting to the semifinals of the Euro 2012.

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been in great from in the last two matches for Portugal. He has come under intense criticism for not performing for the national team, but he proved that he is a big game player by turning on the style in the recent two matches. He will be the biggest threat for Portugal, but Chelsea striker Fernando Torres cannot be considered in the same breath according to Benfica manager Jorge Jesus. He believes that Torres will not cause a lot of problems for Portugal due to the fact that he is a regular striker, while Cesc Fabregas as the false striker is much more threatening.

“For Portugal, it would be better if Fernando Torres plays. I understand Del Bosque’s decision to play Fabregas up front. Hopefully he will play Torres again in the semi-finals, because that would be easier for Portugal. Fabregas tries to find space all over the pitch and is everywhere. He helps Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta and his running is very confusing for a defence. It’s much easier to mark Torres as a clear striker. I, too, would play with Cesc,” said Benfica manager Jorge Jesus to Spanish paper Marca.

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PARDEW BACKS TORRES

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said that he is hoping that the recovery in form Fernando Torres has been showing in recent weeks will not be displayed when his side take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

It is highly crucial match for Newcastle given that they come on the back of a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Wigan during the weekend. It has dented their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season, but they can still recover from the defeat provided they put in a good performance against Chelsea.

Fernando Torres looked like his old self in the match against QPR during the weekend. The striker bagged his first hat-trick in almost 3 years in order to continue his recovery from the goal drought he has suffered since arriving at Chelsea. The £ 50 million striker has scored seven goals in his last 11 appearances for Chelsea including the crucial goal against Barcelona during the week. Torres seemed a different player against QPR mainly because of the confidence he got from the goal against Barcelona. However, Alan Pardew is just hoping that Torres will be having an off day when the two sides meet each other.

“Listen, great players very rarely are down for long. I am pleased for him personally. I have been to a few games where I have seen him suffer, and don’t think as professionals you want to see that from a fellow professional. He looks like he’s got a nice smile on his face – I just hope he isn’t smiling on Wednesday,” Pardew said ahead of the match. Newcastle slipped into the fifth position after the weekend defeat at the hands of Wigan. Tottenham, their main contenders, will be having an away match against Bolton.

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TORRES GETS NOD FOR CITY MATCH

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he may consider using Fernando Torres instead of Didier Drogba for the crunch match against Manchester City on Monday night.

This is one of the most important match for the London club given that they are trailing Manchester City by huge number of points. Another loss to the Manchester club would mean that they would be trailing by 13 point, which would mean effectively writing off any title hopes. Chelsea faced similar match only a few days ago against Valencia, but came out triumphant in the best possible manner.

One of the main reasons for the 3-0 win over Valencia was Didier Drogba, who looked back to his old self. Drogba scored two goals and set up the other for Ramires, as Chelsea ran back the years. Drogba has been vital for Chelsea ever since signing from Marseille for £ 24 million, but the arrival of Fernando Torres for £ 50 million looked like questioning him. However, the Ivory Coast striker has responded to this challenge by returning to great form just at the right time for Chelsea. He scored in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United, and continued that performance with the impressive one against Valencia.

However, Villas-Boas said there is little separating Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba at the moment. “At the moment, Didier has had his run. Fernando has had his run in the past. It doesn’t mean that we don’t trust his abilities. By the way he’s training, he’s nearer to competing with Didier every time. They are very, very near each other and, again, it’s just for me to decide what’s best for the team,” said Villas-Boas. A win for Chelsea would help them propel past Tottenham in the table into the third position.

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