Fernando Torres gets the backing of Chelsea FC board
The Champions League final was a night of mixed emotions for Fernando Torres, who ended up with a winner’s medal despite appearing as a late substitute and not being asked to take a penalty.
May 24th, 2012
Torres was clearly aggrieved at Roberto Di Matteo’s refusal to include the Spaniard in his first six penalty takers, while he spent little time after the game making his feelings known about his situation at the club.
However, with Didier Drogba having announced that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer, it appears to have paved the way for Torres to become Chelsea’s number one striker, certainly according to chief executive Ron Gourlay.
“We’ve got Fernando Torres. And Fernando Torres is the man that we will go forward with and Fernando Torres will score us the goals,” Gourlay said.
“Have no doubt that Fernando Torres is a world-class centre-forward and Fernando Torres will score goals for Chelsea. I’m not worried at all. We’ve just won the Champions League and Fernando Torres played his part in that.
“It’s not all about goals. It’s not just about the individual scoring goals, his teamwork – he is a very, very important player.”
Torres and Drogba have essentially been fighting for one place in the Chelsea team all season although Gourlay has hinted that two strikers will play for the Blues next term.
“We may have two big-name centre-forwards scoring 25-30 goals for us next season and maybe then we will improve on our sixth position in the league,” he said.