Spanish National Coach Vincente Del Bosque reports that he will wait until the final hour before deciding on whether to add struggling Chelsea forward Fernando Torres to the lineup for EURO 2012. Torres should not be forgotten, for it was him who sent home the winning goal for Spain in the 2008 tournament.
Given that Chelsea just released their former coach, Andre Villas-Boas, and Torres was not selected for his country’s recent friendly against Venezuela, Torres is finding himself in a tough spot. Torres rose to rapid success when he moved from La Liga to Arsenal in 2007. He broke several scoring records for Arsenal and caught the eye of Chelsea, who lured him for 50 million British pounds, a then-record for any Spanish footballers in history.
Bosque will continue to watch Torres in remaining Chelsea games, giving him every opportunity to prove he can find his old scoring rhythm.
Torres may just be in luck, as John Terry, who went down for surgery in January, is returning sooner than expected. While the racism chargers have yet to be settled, the Chelsea captain returns hoping to make a final run of the fourth spot in the Premier League in hopes of securing a Champion’s League bid. Only earlier this week did Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich dismiss Andre Villas-Boas 8 months into his 3-year contract.
Having Terry back in the lineup as soon as Saturday versus Stoke could prove to bring Chelsea some stability, and Torres some new-found confidence. With games against the current top three of Man City, United, and Tottenham, as well as the other teams in the hunt, the Blues have plenty of opportunity to close in on the 4th place spot.
Look to the players, notably Fernando Torres and returning captain John Terry to lead Chelsea all the way down to the wire.