Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has been dealt a blow by Spain’s national team manager Vicente Del Bosque who has decided to drop the former Athletico Madrid skipper for the upcoming friendly match against Venezuela on Wednesday.
The former Real Madrid coach, however, has not shut the door for ‘El Nino’ permanently. He believes that his decision to ignore Torres for the friendly match can ‘serve as an encouragement’ for him.
The Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 winning team’s manager said, “This is a break for him, no doubt, but it should serve as encouragement,” Del Bosque told reporters at a press conference. “Players should not get relaxed. This is not a final list for Euro 2012.”
Torres’ recent form with Chelsea has been his career’s worst as he has managed to score just five goals for the London club after switching over from Liverpool in January 2011 for a British record 50 million pound fee.
The Spaniard has shown flashes of brilliance in recent times, particularly in the drawn game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, but he has been a shadow of the player he was at Liverpool when it comes to goal scoring.
So Del Bosque’s decision looks justified as he needs a forward who can turn opportunities into goals, a task which has been the most difficult for Torres this season.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti – who signed Torres from Liverpool allegedly under Roman Abrahimovich’s pressure – believes that the former Kop-idol has been given enough time to settle down till now.
Ancelotti suggested that the striker should forget about coming back to his best at Chelsea and instead try to return to his former club Liverpool when the right time and opportunity comes.