Last week I was fortunate to travel to and from Copenhagen in the company of Jan Molby. He was out there working for Danish television and, as well as being a fun guy, is an acute observer of the game.
On the return journey Jan surprised me by saying how ineffective Peter Schmeichel and Michael Laudrup (they were hosting the programme) thought Fernando Torres had been. He was as mystified as I was.
We both thought the Spaniard played really well, looked integrated into his new team and did pretty well everything you could reasonably have expected except for scoring his first goal for Chelsea. How about tonight?
Even remembering how Newcastle once blew a 12-point lead over Manchester United, I can’t see anything similar happening in Chelsea’s favour.
However, they were very good in Denmark, adapted well to the 4-4-2 system in which Torres flourished and might offer a now badly-needed helping hand to Arsenal’s hopes this evening.
What price Torres scoring?