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Cautious praise for Torres after Chelsea take group lead
October 23, 2013 , 3 : 13 pm GST
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Chelsea's Torres waves at the end of their Champions League soccer match against Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen. Photo - Reuters
The much-maligned Fernando Torres woke up on Wednesday to find himself the subject of glowing headlines after his two goals helped Chelsea to take the lead in Champions League Group E.
The praise was qualified though, with the British media not quite able to shake off the idea that the Spaniard has failed to justify his 50-million-pound ($75-million) fee since joining from Liverpool nearly three years ago.
Torres, who started for the first time since damaging knee ligaments in Bucharest three weeks ago, said himself after Tuesday's 3-0 win over Schalke 04 that he felt "very sharp, very well".
coined the headline "Torrnado" while the
said the Spain striker was in "irresistible form".
"Torres put in a brilliant shift up front, leading the line," the
continued. "His touch was good, his movement sharp and he combined smoothly with those around him."
On his 100th start for the London side, Torres "looked the man for whom Roman Abramovic paid £50 million... rather than the pale version of one of Europe's most lethal strikers that he has so often been," said the
Torres, who said in June that he found motivation in the words of returning coach Jose Mourinho, could have had a hat-trick if his second-half header had not hit the bar.
Mourinho started Torres instead of Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o and said after the game that the Spaniard had repaid his faith.
Whether the mutual admiration would continue was another matter, however, the media suggested.
"It will take a lot more for (Torres) to shake his reputation as money wasted," said
, adding that previous predictions that the 29-year-old player was back at his best had
proved "a mirage".
"It is difficult, now, to believe he will ever be what he once was, what he was supposed to be. But still, you wonder."
There were more immediate concerns for Torres back in the Premier League, where second-placed Chelsea host Manchester City on Sunday, the Telegraph pointed out, saying: "It will be interesting to see if Torres retains his place."
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