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Did you really think I could go a whole article without mentioning the man of the match?
Torres was excellent on Sunday, having his best game in blue by far. With two goals and two assists, he was on form like we had never seen before.
But I am going to be cautiously optimistic about this. I am not going to bash him and say “Oh, look at who it was against.” I do not believe in that. All you can do is play the team in front of you and he did it exceptionally.
But I am also not going to make the knee-jerk proclamation, “HE’S BACK!!!!,” as we have all been fooled before.
Instead I am just going to take this match for what it is—a great performance by a player whom we expect to have against a team like this.
Should he start Wednesday? No. Should he suddenly become the top striker on the team? Absolutely not. But he should be seen as improving and given more chances to get back into the swing of things when there is the opportunity.
What has been the problem with Torres is he has not been taken advantage of the opportunities he has been given, up until now. He still has a long way to go before he earns back any semblance of being a No. 1, but he is moving toward it with each passing game.