As has become the new habit of talking down his players, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has now turned his attention to Spanish striker Fernando Torres saying he lacks the skills and killer instinct to be able to score 25 goals in a season.
“We are not saying 25 or 30 because our strikers are not these kind of killers, but two goals for each one of them is too short,” he said after the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
“They have to come – and they will – for different numbers.”
“When he has the ball on his feet with the back to the goal, he’s not a very skilful player, we know that,” Mourinho added.
“In their goal, he lost the ball when he dropped back to the midfield. He lost the ball and they made a counter-attack on that. He’s not that player.
“He was the Torres that we know, giving a hard time to the opponents. Without the ball he presses a lot and he’s not a comfortable opponent. When the team has the ball he’s the kind of guy that makes movements and tries to open space.
“He does his contribution and it’s the kind of goal we demand from him. Goalkeeper saves the ball, he’s there, pow, goal. And this is the kind of goal we expect from him.”