My tribe

Reina raps Chelsea: Don't blame Liverpool for Torres problems

Pepe Reina says Chelsea - not Liverpool - are to blame for Fernando Torres extended problems at Stamford Bridge since last season's move. Reina believes Torres missed the sense of affection he enjoyed at Anfield as he struggled under former manager Andre Villas-Boas and believes his lack of form was down to Chelsea's failure to offer him the same support he had on Merseyside.

"When you move there is always a question mark," Reina told the Telegraph. "We knew how good he was here but he needed to change city, team-mates and the mentality of the team. That is a hell of a change.

"He had to get used to that but also keep delivering and the expectations when a team has spent £50 million on a player are also very high. The pressure was there but I don't think it was only down to Fernando. I don't think Chelsea as a club delivered for him.

"We built a team for Fernando here. Along with Stevie, Fernando was our star player. We had no problems admitting that. He deserved that and he earned that credit. I'm not sure it's like that at Chelsea.

"The difference between Fernando and myself is that I have had the confidence of the people at my club all the time. I don't think that has been the case for Fernando at Chelsea. It is much easier to get over your mistakes when you know you have the confidence of your manager and your team-mates. With Villas-Boas especially, I don't think Fernando felt that confidence.

"That was the situation when Fernando was performing at his best. I'm not saying Chelsea have to do that because Fernando can perform for any club in the world, but it is easier when you have that situation.

"I told him he was going to be back. People, and the press in this country especially, were killing him but he has been carrying that weight all his life. He was captain of Atletico Madrid when he was 19 and that gave him a lot of experience. We knew Fernando at Liverpool and Fernando is a great player. He will always be a great player."

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?