I am not a Torres lover but I do think that he should be given a break considering the results that have happened but I just need to rant after that last game.
If you look at the players and how they performed: Cech made a pretty poor decision to come out for their goal, Cahill and Ivanovic were below average and do not emit a sense of security in front of the Chelsea goal. Cole was on a completely different wavelength to Hazard and was very average in his performance. Overall half the team played pretty average.
Yet people come out and say that Torres played poorly. I don't understand that. He had a perfect assist to Ramires for the first goal and put in a hard working shift up front. Yes he tried to go past the defenders 2 or 3 times and failed, but when Hazard did the same thing, they went down the other end and scored but nobody says anything about that. He won plenty of headers and closed down Al-Habsi and the defenders really well leading to tons of hurried long balls out of defense for Wigan.
Whoscored.com gives Torres as Man of the Match. I disagree, I personally think he was 3rd best after Oscar then Azpiliqueta but he played well. That was a great performance where he tracked back and defended well, had a couple clearing headers from defensive corners (drogba-esque), won a ton of aerial duels and played like a boss up front. That was a vintage CF performance where he may not score the goals but he put in a lot of hard work so that others could.
Finally, he has a great chance in injury time that Al-Habsi pulls of a great save to make. Maybe Torres could have done better but it was a great shot, down low to the keeper's left. Unfortunately Al-Habsi has some of the best reflexes in the EPL (if he was at a club with a better defense he would receive the plaudits that he deserves).
Torres has often been anonymous in games in the past but that was also around the time that he had played 2000 minutes and had started (and just about finished) every single game. 3 assists in the last 3 games and a bit of pressure off his shoulders means that he can hopefully get a bit of mojo back.
Now for something non-Torres related: We need to buy a first choice CB. There is no question about it. Terry is getting older and injuries are becoming more frequent and lasting longer. Time to splash the cash and buy someone like Hummels.