Chelsea’s hopes of difficult Liverpool and Manchester City for the 2020/21 Premier League title have been downplayed by former Reds and Blues striker Fernando Torres.
The Spanish legend, who scored 85 Premier League objectives throughout his spells at Anfield and Stamford Bridge, joined talkSPORT on Tuesday morning forward of the discharge of a brand new Amazon Prime documentary chronicling his life and profession, Fernando Torres – The Final Image.
Regardless of his success in England’s top-flight, Torres departed the Premier League with out ever being topped champion, coming shut with runners-up finishes in 2008/09 at Liverpool and 2010/11 at Chelsea, and two third locations at Chelsea in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
Liverpool have since gained their inaugural Premier League crown – securing their first top-flight title in 30 years final season – whereas Chelsea hope to problem for his or her first championship in 4 years this time period.
Frank Lampard impressed in his debut marketing campaign within the Stamford Bridge dugout, and after spending greater than £200million on transfers this summer season he’s being backed to battle Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola for home honours.
However Torres can not see Chelsea difficult Liverpool or Man City within the race for the Premier League, regardless of being impressed by Lampard’s work in west London.
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“I feel they’re constructing a incredible group, not only for this season, however for the longer term,” stated Torres on White and Jordan. “They’re constructing a really attention-grabbing squad however they’re younger, and you may see Frank can handle a younger group as he did final season in a superb means.
“They are going to be shut however I don’t know if they’ll compete with Liverpool and Man City. Hopefully they’ll for for the Premier League proper till the top.
“I feel Liverpool will nonetheless be stronger than Man City or Chelsea.
“Within the subsequent two or three years the Premier League, once more, would be the prime league on this planet. The longer term stars are going there. It’s an thrilling second for Premier League followers.”
Torres earlier opened up on his personal struggles at Chelsea, as he famously scored solely 45 objectives in 172 matches after becoming a member of from Liverpool in a £50m switch.
“It was possibly my fault for not with the ability to adapt faster,” continued the now-retired striker. “I had good moments however I wasn’t constant. In case you are not performing each week then somebody will are available.
“I all the time stated it was my fault. I used to be sufficiently old to seek out options however I didn’t do it. I gained the trophies however I didn’t do it each week.
“[Carlo] Ancelotti was the supervisor after I signed. I spoke with him earlier than I signed, however that was not the rationale I signed.
“Yearly they alter the supervisor. and it’s all the time a giant supervisor.
“I knew the difficulties of going to Chelsea, however I believed it was the group to supply the possibilities of successful extra trophies. They hadn’t gained the Champions League and a era like that wanted to win the Champions League. Lastly we did it.”
Hearken to Fernando Torres’ interview with talkSPORT, in full, above