Blue is the colour, football is the game, we never doubted him, Torres is his name! Fernando Torres Chelsea’s number nine, walked off the sodden Stamford Bridge turf with the match ball under his arm. The Spanish super star produced a stunning performance, scoring three and terrorising the Rangers defence all afternoon. His movement was excellent and his finishing clinical. Torres has come good at a crucial time of the season. Chelsea will carry massive momentum in to the ‘must win’ match against Newcastle on Wednesday. Newcastle were stunned by Wigan on Saturday and Pardew has to try and lift the barcode’s morale before the midweek showdown.
Chelsea had not won a London derby this year prior to kick off and the sodden pitch, with surface water, suggested a testing afternoon for heavy legs. The heroes of the Nou camp were loudly cheered on to the pitch by the Stamford Bridge faithful. The cheers were even louder, 45 seconds after kick off, when Sturridge cut in from the left and fired a right footed effort past hapless Paddy Kenny. The result was never in doubt from then. Chelsea piled forward and the visitors defence was in total disarray. Terry scored the second, heading in from four yards and the Blues were rampant. Then a fantastic move involving Torres, Mata and Kalou ended with the latter putting Torres through to round Kenny and notch the third. Torres added his second and Chelsea’s fourth following a mix up in the visitors defence. Four nil and cruising!
The second half began with QPR trying to keep the ball and prevent further damage to their goal difference. Chelsea however were in total control and it was no surprise when Torres pounced again to score his first hat trick for the Blues. Malouda added a sixth before Cisse grabbed a consolation for Rangers. A quite stunning display from inform Chelsea.
The games continue to come thick and fast for Chelsea. Newcastle, on Wednesday, and then the Cup Final against Liverpool, on Saturday. RDM will continue to rotate and at the moment he seems to be making all the right calls. The good news is that Ivanovic is back for Wednesday and, word is, Cahill will make the cup final. Chelsea have big players hitting form at the right time. Mata is on fire, Lampard is back to his best, Cole is looking fit again, Cech is solid and Torres is scoring. The omens are good.
Just a final mention for Sam Hutchinson. In August 2010 and at the age of 21, the defender was forced to retire because of a degenerative condition in his right knee. However, following a trial period it was decided in December 2011 that Hutchinson had made enough of a recovery to sign an 18-month deal with Chelsea. Sam played the last 12 minutes after replacing Bosingwa. Welcome back Sam and let’s hope you enjoy a long and fruitful career at the Bridge.