Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres are really struggling in Japan this season

Andres Iniesta has not matched expectations with Vissel Kobe

The cities of Barcelona and Madrid were certainly emotional for the departures of club legends Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres.

Iniesta will go down as one of Barca's - and the world's - greatest ever players, while Torres was Atletico's youngest ever captain and returned to the club as a local hero.

Both Spaniards decided to take on new adventures out in Japan, with Iniesta signing for Vissel Kobe and Torres for Sagan Tosu.

They were supposed to be the J-League's two high-profile stars, but this season it has all gone wrong for the pair.

Their struggles haven't been well-documented in Europe. However, a small bit of research reveals that the 2010 World Cup winning duo are not exactly meeting expectations out in the Far East...


After a decent start to the season, Vissel have now lost seven games on the spin - the worst form of any team in Japan's top-flight.

Iniesta was named the team's new captain for the season but his powers of motivation have clearly waned.

David Villa and Lukas Podolski are both playing alongside him, making Vissel's 13th place standing even more bizarre.

Iniesta is the big name out in Kobe

But it's even worse for Torres. Sagan Tosu are rock-bottom of the table having lost eight of their 11 games this season.


Neither player has managed to find the back of the net this campaign, with Iniesta recording just three assists in his nine appearances.

As for Torres, he hasn't been involved in a single goal in his 542 minutes of action.

For reference, Villa has four goals in his nine appearances this season, while Podolski has only managed two from seven.

Torres in action with Sagan Tosu

Despite getting on in years, you expect far better from such a talented quartet.


When the Spaniard was named captain of Vissel, succeeding Podolski, it didn't exactly go down well with the German.

The former Arsenal and Bayern Munich man took to Twitter and posted a caption which read: "Stop expecting loyalty from people who can’t even give you honesty."

Can Iniesta and Torres turn it around in Japan? It's certainly worth keeping up with their adventures throughout the season, especially with no summer World Cup.

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