Who says Fernando Torres is a £50 million flop? Surely is it wasn’t for him we’d have dropped at least a couple of points yesterday?
Roberto Martinez certainly thinks so, because according to the Wigan manager, Torres ‘gamesmanship’ or more specifically Howard Webb’s failure to spot it, led to Florent Malouda’s winning goal at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
The peeved Wigan manager says “You end up with a huge feeling of frustration because the goal is a corner where Ali (al Habsi) is impeded by Fernando Torres. It’s disappointing. Howard is someone I rate highly but not to spot that freekick on the keeper is a football crime. As Ali is coming to the ball it’s clear that Fernando has got his elbow to his face and (Ali) loses sight of the ball and can’t attempt to get to it. It’s probably his biggest strength is coming to collect those balls and you can see he is impeded. It’s a real shame that someone like Howard couldn’t spot that because that’s a big call, as big as anything in the game.”
To be fair, Torres was all over the keeper but taking a leaf out of Wenger’s book, Carlo Ancelotti’s response was to say “I don’t like to speak about this because, after what happened last Wednesday, it’s better to stay calm. Maybe it could be a foul but I’m not sure.”