|Mata-Torres-Sturridge partnership key to repair this rift|
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Andre Villas-Boas is trying hard to change the way Chelsea has played over the past six years and mini-Mourinho is getting closer with every game. In all aspect, it was an aging team that AVB inherited at the Bridge.
Ancelotti started the rejuvenation process, bringing in David Luiz and Fernando Torres. Villas-Boas signed Raul Meireles and Juan Mata. Along with Sturridge and McEachran, these players are the future of Chelsea and they will be part of a newer improved Chelsea.
Daniel Sturridge proved again with that eye-catching backheel goal why he is a striker that Chelsea cannot afford to leave out of their starting lineup. He has what Torres currently lacks - goalscoring ability. But that does not mean that Torres have no part to play in the Blues' pursuit of Champions and Premier League glory.
After a traumatic week, Torres found his form once more in the Champions League match against Michael Ballack's Leverkusen, setting up both Chelsea goals. Juan Mata clearly looked like the ideal successor to a young Joe Cole. Playing Daniel Sturridge also means that the pressure on Torres becomes less which augurs well for the World Cup winning Spaniard. Furthermore, Sturridge and Torres have a better understanding and awareness of each other's position.
Torres played as well as I have seen him play in Liverpool red against Leverkusen. He may not have scored but he did have two assists. Chelsea must play in a system that suits Torres rather than Torres adapting to the Chelsea way. It's not all mental as the Chelsea coaches would have us believe, it's the system. AVB knows that and that's why Mata and Meireles were brought in - to release that early pass for Torres to run onto. That's when Torres is at his best, running at defenders, causing panic in opposition defence.
United had better beware, the Mata-Torres-Sturridge partnership are threatening to kick into another gear come Sunday. Ferguson will need his "White Pele" to be at his playmaking best. Torres surely need to banish the
ghost curse of Shevchenko from his head and what better way to do so than against the club he loves to score against.
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