Fernando Torres' failure to re-produce his clinical form that made him a star at Liverpool, has been every Blues' nightmare for the past two and a half years.
Having started his Chelsea career under the renowned Carlo Ancelotti, Torres found the going very tough. The next two seasons he spent trying to reclaim his killer instincts under a young and talented Andre Villas-Boas, his interim successor Roberto DiMatteo and then finally his former Liverpool Boss Rafa Benitez.
And although, Rafa did get the Spaniard to score some goals, he was still not the striker that had commanded a £50m transfer fee.
Now with Chelsea's favourite manager Jose Mourinho at the helm, Fernando Torres has a final chance to rejuvenate his career. The Portuguese think tank has reiterated his faith in Torres' ability, amid speculations of him being sold, and now hopes he can extract the best out of the European Championships and Confederations' Cup Golden Boot Winner.
Mourinho in his last stint with Chelsea, had signed Didier Drogba and modelled him into one of the best strikers of the last decade. Torres, who was roped in to replace the Ivorian, had shown some shades of form, towards the end of last season, and then in the Confederations Cup, but is still far off compared to what is expected of him.
Talking about Torres' lack of goals the Portuguese told several national newspapers: "I don't know if it's confidence. I feel the guy is highly motivated, he works very hard. I think some of the work we do with the team in terms of attack suits his qualities.
"We are here to support him. He is working very hard in training, we are happy with him."
Asked if he'd want to change the Spaniard's game to extract something more, Mourinho had this to say: "His game is impossible to remodel. But we want to adapt the team and teach the team how to use his best qualities.
"He is not a kid any more, he is at an age where it is difficult to change his play. He is what he is and he is very good with the qualities he's got. So we need to learn and support his game."
Torres also spoke of his hopes for next season. "There’s no better place than to be than at Chelsea with Mourinho." He continued: "His words motivate me. If you start to think about the players that have been in his teams, the strikers, they have all had great years."
Torres hopes, he can build up on the decent season he had last year, and guide Chelsea to more glory this time around. Having netted in 22 times last season for the Blues, Torres had his best run for the club. Now, with Mourinho strengthening the forward line even further, and Lukaku and Ba to share his work load, Torres could be a game changer this season.
If Mourinho does in fact get Torres scoring consistently again, it would be a very pleasing feather in his Chelsea cap.
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