Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta thinks that Fernando Torres has not received the rub of green this season, attributing his paltry goal tally to the quality of goalkeepers in the Premier League.
The Spain International was signed by the Blues for a whooping £50 million in January, 2011. Since then, he has failed to reproduce the form he displayed at Liverpool which had earned him the status of being one of the most feared strikers in Europe.
Torres managed to hit the back of the net just once during his first six months at Stamford Bridge. His dismal form at West London continued this term as he has struggled to be a constant scorer.
Consequently, the striker was overlooked by the Spain’s national manager Vicente Del Bosque for his country’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
However, Azpilicueta has claimed that it is Torres’ bad fortune, and not lack of talent, which is behind his goal droughts at Chelsea.
The defender observed that the 29-year-old has often been denied by quality goalkeeping in England, and revealed that he sweats his brow during the training sessions.
The defender told reporters: “He perhaps hasn't had the luck that strikers need. And now, although he is doing things very well, there are times when he comes up against goalkeepers that have the game of their life against him.
“Everybody wants to be called up for the national team, and Fernando as well, of course. At the end of the day there are a lot of players who can't be called up.
“Fernando always works hard, he wants the best for the team and for him, in all the training sessions he works so hard."
Chelsea’s interim manager Rafa Benitez has been under fire for the team’s shortcomings since he took over the Stamford Bridge job in November.
And although the current boss is set to leave by the end of the term, Azpilicueta said that he and the team were not pondering over the Spaniard’s future, as they were focused on the Blues current campaign.
He added: “He has a contract until June and we all know that. At the end of the day the club makes the decisions and they always want the best for Chelsea. If he carries on, that's fine.
“And if they think it's best if he doesn't, that's also fine. Rafa is concentrating on the day to day and nobody thinks about anything above that. If we don't achieve the current objectives, we will all be responsible."
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