Torres Loses Feeling Of ‘Invincibility’

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has claimed that he has lost the feeling of invincibility after joining Chelsea. Torres was a regular first-team player at both Atletico Madrid and Liverpool – his previous clubs. However, he has struggled to exert his influence after his £ 50 million move from Liverpool at Chelsea. Even though many managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Andre Villas-Boas persisted with him initially, he has since been a regular on the bench. Last season, it was no different because he played only a handful of big matches with José Mourinho largely preferring Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba for these kind of matches.

Torres says that his poor form has been done to the fact that he has not been playing regularly, while he has also laid the blame on Chelsea style of play. According to him, he does not seem to be in the right wavelength with his Chelsea teammates and it is not allowing him to get into goal scoring positions. Torres was widely expected to leave Chelsea in the summer, but Mourinho recently confirmed that the striker will now be part of the squad next season. Torres has promised to work hard and establish himself in the Chelsea first-team.

He is aware that the competition will be more from next season onwards. “At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players. I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with the Reds. Liverpool then was in full transition, the club was being sold,” said Torres

Algeria Included Three Players From Premier League

Algeria have included three players from the Premier league for the upcoming World Cup 2014. Algeria national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic recently came out with the 30 man squad that will be the provisional list for the World Cup. Seven players will be missing out on the cut for the final 23 that will be announced later this month. Preparations are going on within the Algeria national team camp in order to do well at the World Cup 2014. The team has a good chance of progressing to the knockout stages since they are in a group containing the likes of Belgium, Russia, and Korea.

Apart from Belgium, the rest are considered to have equal opportunities to book a place in the knockout stages. Players with Premier league experience will certainly be a major boost for the national team since they will be coming up against the best in the world. Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is one of the first names included in the squad. The teenager has been part of the first-team squad under Tim Sherwood. He only recently won his first cap with the national team and it came back in March. He will now be looking to add some more caps between now and the end of the World Cup.

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is also included in the squad after having an extremely well with the team that could promoted to the Premier league with a record number of points from the Championship. “I only found out about Mahrez in February and went to watch a few of his matches. He’s an interesting player. His form has improved tremendously in recent times and he’s an important player for the spirit of the squad,” said the manager about players like Mahrez and Djebbour after announcing the provisional squad.