It just had to happen, there was no other way fate would have it, Fernando Torres will make his debut against his old club Liverpool.
This last week was insane in many ways, I think the new American owner of Liverpool was tricked into thinking Andy Carroll is somehow worth $50m.
There once was a time when money was worth something, UK is experiencing inflation but this is silly. There is no doubting Liverpool were merely out to make a statement, to say “we are still a big club, so we will buy an overrated player to prove it.”
There is no doubt that Chelsea now have the best number 9 in the world, I don’t know if it is Drogba or Torres. The star is Torres is rising at age 26, having just won the World Cup, he must have been depressed to go back to rainy Liverpool and its depleted squad.
If he can stay fit then he will be the best in the world again, his confidence has been low of late and he needed a change. Torres on his day is beyond perfect, ask Vidic who still has nightmares, he is clever, fast, powerful, and technically supreme.
What of Drogba now? I have never seen a player lose his touch so fast, from being fast, unplayable and feared to being just another name on the roster. Drogba has aged 10 years this season, from being ‘numero uno’ to a faded glory.
Chelsea should not discard him without acknowledging what he achieved for them, 3 titles, 2 FA cups and he restored the ‘Pride of London.” He bore the whole burden on his own, playing alone up front has aged him faster than he should have and he took hits.
I almost forgot there was a game, there is almost no point talking about it because Chelsea are going to win. Chelsea knew their weaknesses, they needed a center-back and a center forward and they have them now.
Liverpool’s weaknesses are all over the pitch, in the back, middle, and front. Luis Suarez is still a hate-figure for me because his handball cost Ghana but he is amazing, Andy Carroll was pointless buy, he is a $50m replacement for David Ngog.
All through the squad there are aging faded glories; they need turnover of like 15 players and a full-time manager.
The signing of Torres is too late to win them the title as they are 10 points behind an unbeaten Manchester United, but it will make them competitive.
The question is how long it takes David Luiz, the signing from Benfica, to adapt to the premiership, true he is one of the best defenders outside the premiership but he will struggle at first.
Terry is playing with injections to numb his back pain and it has affected his game. Roman will have to dip in his pocket at the end of the season; he must regret not replenishing his squad. I back Torres to score.