Samuel Eto’o justified his selection for the second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night by opening the scoring in a comfortable 2-0 victory over Turkish giants Galatasary.
His goal extinguished any hopes the Turkish side held of a comeback, whilst Gary Cahill added a second to cement their place in the quarter finals.
Didier Drogba looked riddled by emotion throughout and was unable to prevent his former side waltzing through with ease.
For Eto’o, his continuing repayment of Jose Mourinho’s faith has made him a valuable asset to the side, with Fernando Torres fading more into the distance.
Chelsea’s record £50 million man had been expected to start the tie given his goal in the first leg and improvement in Europe, but after a woeful performance against Aston Villa at the weekend he was dropped in favour of his Cameroonian rival.
That Torres was not trusted to lead the line in one of the biggest matches of the season was telling of just how far the ex-Liverpool striker has fallen.
Eto’o is a symbol of how to grow old gracefully. After successful spells at Barcelona and Inter Milan that yielded three Champions League winners medals, there had been a belief that his spell at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala had soured his footballing powers.
Though there is no denying he is not the formidable forward of old, his signing has been warranted. He scored a hat-trick against Manchester United and scored the opener against Tottenham just two weeks ago.
Contrastingly, Torres still shows no signs of recapturing the form that made him so dangerous at Liverpool.
By the time he hits 33 like Eto’o, he will be just a mere memory at Stamford Bridge. His future, unfortunately, lies elsewhere.
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