WILKINS UNSURE ON TORRES
Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins says that Fernando Torres’ days at Chelsea are numbered after the striker was publicly criticised by Jose Mourinho following the 3-1 defeat against Paris St Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The first leg of the two legged match ended in a defeat for Chelsea, which puts their qualification hopes to the semi-final in tatters. The blues have reached the semifinals six times in the last 10 seasons and they have one of the impeccable records in this competition over the last decade.
They will have to rely totally on their experience in order to come back from this position.
However, a lot of the talk after the match was about the strikers at Chelsea, who once again fired blank. However, it was not through the entire 90 minutes, as the likes of Fernando Torres were brought on with only just over 30 minutes remaining. Jose Mourinho surprised everyone with his team used by going without any frontman. Midfielder Andre Schurrle was used as the lone man up front and he did not create much impact. Even when he was brought on, Torres did not create much.
He has not scored since the 1-1 draw with Galatasaray back in February and Wilkins says that the style of Chelsea does not suit Torres.
“Torres has no future at Chelsea. I think he has seen his time out there. He moved from a Liverpool side where he was so successful as an individual to Chelsea, where the style of play is so different. He needs the space in behind people in which to run. He needs to make those runs though. He needs to make the players find him. Sometimes it is down to the individual. He needs to try and make something happen,” said Wilkins.