Chelsea, fortunately for Torres, where leading 2-1 - which was the final score - when the clear opportunity was presented to him with 13 minutes remaining, but he unfathomably diverted the ball over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.
Nathan Ake had done the hard work down the left side before putting a chance on the proverbial plate for his senior colleague with Torres only three yards from goal. Yet, somehow, he could not even hit the target.
It may well be that Torres does stay with Chelsea beyond the transfer deadline, but any more instances like this and his position with the club becomes almost untenable.
Didier Drogba has also returned to the club to provide Jose Mourinho with another option in his attacking ranks, and Torres would appear to have been demoted to third-choice. But will he leave?
Chelsea have already moved to reinforce their goalscoring options this summer with the acquisition of Diego Costa, who was able to score on his debut for the club in the victory in Ljubljana - a milestone it took Torres 18 games to reach after joining the club.
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Time to move on
Chelsea would need to sign another striker if Torres were to be sold in the coming weeks, given that Demba Ba has already departed and Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave.
The Spain international must surely be giving serious consideration to his options given that he will not be content to sit on the bench, but would any other top club really be able to offer him the regular spot he craves?
Torres has offered very little over the past few seasons to suggest he is deserving of a role as the leading striker at any elite European side, and may have to lower his sights and reduce his wage demands in his quest for first-team football.
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