When Fernando Torres replaced Didier Drogba in the Champions League semi-final, not many Chelsea fans may not have recognized that Roberto Di Matteo’s was a masterstroke.
Torres has been almost like the bastard child at Chelsea for the past 18 months after scoring only 4 goals in 42 matches.
However, when El Nino rounded Victor Valdez to level the scores at 2-2 and give Chelsea a berth in the Champions league final, all has now been forgiven.
Torres must have felt like the Chelsea defence on that fateful night at the Nou Camp, under siege and under constant attack, from press and fans alike.
The goal, as I am sure it will be know, will now give the former Atletico Madrid striker a new lease on life, not only at Chelsea but with the Spanish national team.
Fans in Trinidad and Tobago have a special feeling for Torres—he represented Spain in the 2FIFA Under-17 World Championships here in 2001.
While he was not one of the stars of the tournament, players like Torres and Carlos Tevez (who also played in the tournament) would always have a special connection to T&T football fans as “one of ours.”
I am reminded of the old haiku made famous by Ian Fleming in a James Bond adventure in Japan:
You only live twice:
Once when you’re born
And once when you look death in the face.
Fernando Torres has been looking down the barrel for some time now at Chelsea; enjoy your second life El Nino.