Can Jose Mourinho reignite Fernando Torres at Chelsea?

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It seems as though everyone was ready to give up on Fernando Torres at Chelsea this summer.

Reports had suggested that Chelsea were prepared to sell the Spanish star for a fraction of the £50m fee they paid for him in January 2011.

There wouldn't have been too many grumbles from the crowds at Stamford Bridge if they had done so. After scoring just 15 goals in 77 Premier League appearances, he has hardly won the fans over in his two and a half years in Blue.

But it wasn't just his poor goal scoring record that fans were growing fed up with. Since his move, Torres had looked a shadow of his former self. His level of effort at Chelsea has never matched that of his Liverpool days and his general attitude seemed poor.

However, at Tottenham on Saturday we saw the Torres of old. A passionate, hungry striker, keen to get in to the game by any way necessary.

His time at Chelsea has been marred by the excessive price tag. Whenever he seemed to be getting back to form, the media and adverse events conspired against him, but Mourinho has showed faith in the Spaniard.

By signing Samuel Eto'o, Mourinho gave Torres a vote of confidence. Eto'o was signed for competition; for back-up - certainly not someone to take Torres' starting spot for good.

Torres repaid that faith by giving Mourinho an exceptional second half performance. Ignoring the scratch on Jan Vertonghen's face, everything about his performance suggested that the old El Nino is back. Even the scratch showed he has rediscovered his passion and aggression.

Mourinho, who understands that Torres may be facing a lengthy ban, had nothing but praise for the striker striker who seemed down-and-out before his arrival.

He told reporters: “Physically, I think he’s living a very good moment.

“I was watching Fernando’s matches for Chelsea in other seasons and it looked to me, a bit heavy, a little slow. Fernando now looks in fantastic shape.

“He played a very good game. He knows what I think, I don’t have to tell him. He knows I’m very happy with his performances. He knows already.”

Torres is yet to score this season but he is looking every bit as good as he was in his Liverpool days. Even if he never finds that golden touch in front of goal again, he will create plenty as well as score some at least.

It looks as though he is finally fighting for cause and that cause is the Special One.

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