It is no mere rumour that Fernando Torres has been struggling at Chelsea since his £50million switch from Liverpool in January 2010. 

He went from a stunning time at Liverpool, including a 33-goal season, to a very disappointing Chelsea campaign.

In his first season and a half at Chelsea he was always behind Didier Drogba. The Ivory Coast international was always Chelsea's top choice striker with Torres having to pick at the bits left for him. 

When Roberto Di Matteo was in charge after the departure of Drogba, Torres was constantly substituted off for Daniel Sturridge due to his lack of goals.

With the appointment of Rafa Benitez, Torres had regular starts and was rarely taken off. It was under Benitez that Torres had his best seasons at Liverpool. 

Benitez changed Chelsea, the way they played, and helped Torres, subsequently bringing out what could be seen as the best in him again.

Analysis of the changes Benitez made to the Chelsea team, and the way they played before reveal a lot about Torres and the way he plays his game. 

Liverpool was a very fast build up team with direct opportunities on goal. These direct chances are what Torres thrived for and could take in his stride. 

Chelsea was a much slower team, building up over time and taking opportunities only when they were sure all the players were in their right positions. Either that or parking the bus and waiting for a quick break from a set play.

Benitez made Chelsea much more like the Liverpool Torres played at, rather than playing out in front of defenders, the midfielders play the ball through gaps in the defence for Torres to run into, thus making it just like the way he played before. 

This direct attack is what Torres does best, as also seen with the Spain national team. It is this that has helped a return of Torres, and Chelsea's previous approach that destroyed him as a player.

The question is when Benitez leaves at the end of the season, will another manager continue this style which Torres loves, or will it change again making Torres redundant up front as he has been previously. Can Torres ever fully return to form or will he always be an on/off player?

With his inconsistency, under other managers and in different situations will we see the Torres we all know and love? Or will we get the Torres that no-one loves?


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