Chelsea striker Fernando Torres went some way to repaying the money and the faith shown in him by the club, when he bagged the goal to confirm the Blues’ place in this season’s Champions League final.
The Spain international replaced Didier Drogba at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night with time running out on the clock and with Barcelona pushing for the goal that would have sent them through to their second consecutive final.
Despite some poor touches and some below par defending, the former Liverpool striker found himself one on one with Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes in injury time, to have a chance to seal the game.
And this time, after a season of frustration for the forward, he rounded the keeper and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to confirm Chelsea’s place in the final despite the champions league betting being against them throughout the whole tie.
Torres has shown great character to come through what has been a torrid spell and under manager Roberto Di Matteo the pressure has seemed to have been taken off the striker’s shoulders and slowly but surely he is edging towards the form that made him a constant favourite in the top scorer betting stakes.
The former Atletico Madrid star was delighted to help the Blues progress against the European champions and is now looking forward to the final.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m happy to be part of the game, to score the goal, to be in the Champions League final.
“Obviously it’s a dream come true for all the Chelsea players, for all the Chelsea supporters who’ve come here and everyone watching the game at home.”