Mourinho: Competition will be good for Torres




What lies ahead for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge should Rooney arrive to bolster the teams front line attack?

The former Liverpool striker has never lived up to his £50 million move from Anfield to Chelsea back in 2011, but looked to be getting some of his old form back last season following the arrival of fellow Spaniard Rafe Benitez that saw Torres score 27 goals in all competitions.

It will be interesting to see if that form continues under Jose Mourinho who thinks that competition up front will have Torres battling for his place in the team.

Last season Torres only had Demba Ba to contend with for a starting spot, but next season it will be not only Ba but Romelu Lukaku who netted 18 goals while on a season long loan at West Brom.

Mourinho’s first signing Andre Schurrle from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen will also be keen to make an impression on the Portuguese manager who thinks that last season only having to compete with Demba Ba did the Spanish international no favours.

“I think Fernando should be happy because we have competition in the team and that is good for everybody in every position,” he told reporters.

“I think Fernando will be pleased because during his time at Chelsea he was basically the only striker and then after that there was the arrival of Ba in January.

“Now the team has three (other) strikers and that is good.”

It will be very interesting to see what would happen should Rooney arrive at the club with my guess that either Ba or Torres could be sold.

Torres will be out of Chelsea’s first match of the season at home to Premiership new boys Hull City, as will Juan Mata and César Azpilicueta.

The trio are all part of the Spain team that are playing a friendly against Ecuador in Guayaquil on 14 August and will be too tired to play following such a long flight back to London.

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