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Can Fernando Torres Excite Devils Fans?
For Devils fans looking to get into "the beautiful game," look no further than Chelsea.
Having just won the UEFA Champions League and currently sitting first in the English Premier League standings, Chelsea is guaranteed to put up an entertaining fight for the title.
Both the Devils and Chelsea have a well-earned reputation for defensive play. Even so, both franchises have been transitioning to a high-octane offense under young coaches—coach Peter DeBoer for the Devils and manager Roberto Di Matteo for Chelsea. Similarly, both franchises are notorious for a never-ending coaching carousel.
Chelsea lost their Zach Parise during the transfer market as star striker Didier Drogba left for Shanghai. Despite these blows, both teams have seen an influx of valuable youngsters. Whereas the Devils have Henrique and Larsson, the Blues have Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard and Brazilian football Oscar—players that promise to be the future cornerstones of the two teams.
Both teams famously acquired high-profile forwards in recent years—Kovalchuk to the Devils in 2010 and Fernando Torres to Chelsea in 2011. Both forwards were stars before their transfers, but were met with harsh criticism from fans.
Kovalchuk has since recovered, leading the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals with his all-star play. Torres had a miserable start with Chelsea, scoring seven goals in his first 46 games. The Spaniard has four goals in nine games this year, and if he can continue scoring, he will follow Kovalchuk’s lead in converting skeptical fans.
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