Fernando Torres: Confidence is key

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Sunday's top-flight clash between arguably the league's two most expensive teams educed many talking points. Of course the biggest being the mix-up in the Manchester City defence that handed Chelsea the three points, but there was also the point that yet again Fernando Torres could be getting back to his best, something that never seemed likely.

Chants of "Torres, Torres" filled Stamford Bridge as Howard Webb blew the final whistle, something that finally evoked a smile from the £50 million man as he walked off clapping the crowd. He seemed much more relaxed, and had good reason to be; he had just scored a last minute winner, for Chelsea, against City. 

However the Spaniard didn't start the game well, with many of the chances that fell to him being sent rolling wide, chested out, headed over or blocked. The moment when he peeled away from Martin Demichelis, was unmarked in front of goal with the ball, but somehow drove the ball way over from ten-yards out certainly began to make the doubters start doubting again. 

There seemed to be a change in the striker's mentality though, as he put his head down and worked harder. This was evidently seen as he left Gael Clichy for dead and placed a pin-point pass across the box allowing fellow team-mate Andre Schurrle tap home for his first goal at Chelsea. Torres then took full advantage of City goalkeeper Joe Hart's latest defensive calamity to net the winner for the Blues and hand them the three points. 

The number nine's woeful miss mid-way through the first half spurred him on and had a positive impact upon his work-rate and mentality towards the game. Whether its because he feels he is the number one striker at Chelsea, because he wants to prove a point or because Jose is now the man in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat is something that we can't be fully sure of and is therefore very much left open to debate.

What we can be sure of though is if the 29-year-old wishes to keep his place in the starting lineup and ultimately return to at least half the player he was, then he must keep a positive outlook on every game and start every game with the mentality and work-rate he had after his mistake.

It's inevitable that Torres will never return to the player that he was, but if he stays focused and maintains a mentality similar to that of which he showed against City on Sunday then truly becoming the Blues' number one hit-man won't be too hard. 

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