Chelsea FC striker Fernando Torres told French magazine So Foot that the reason he made the move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge is because he wanted to win the Champions League and felt that the Reds were not capable of doing so. The Spanish striker said that he enjoyed his time at Anfield, particularly his connection with Steven Gerrard, but left for a team that was more capable of challenging for the Champions League title.
Obviously Torres got what he wanted and he lifted the trophy in 2012 with Chelsea but it was probably not how he envisioned winning it. Torres came on in the 80th minute and had little impact on the match aside from winning Chelsea’s only corner which lead to Drogba’s equalizer. It was a big moment for the club but not one that he could point to with pride and say “I did that!”.
Fernando Torres on the reason behind his move to Chelsea:
“At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold [Javier] Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players.
I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with the Reds. Liverpool then was in full transition, the club was being sold and in that case, unless you are Manchester City or PSG, it can be a long road before you are again competitive.
I did not have the time to wait. One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me: ‘Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do.’But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him. Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other.”
Source: Sky Sports
In hindsight, it looks easy to say that Torres made the right decision if you base it solely on trophies. He has won the Champions League, FA Cup, and Europa League since arriving at Chelsea but it has come at the cost of some serious humiliation. However this humiliation was short lived compared to the glory of those trophies. His miss against Manchester United and goal scoring droughts will be remembered for quite some time but the silverware he won as a Blue will be remembered forever.
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