Fernando Torres has indirectly hit back at his former boss José Mourinho by claiming that the Portuguese is only successful because he has a lot of money to spend.
Undoubtedly, Mourinho has been a manager has always had a lot of money to spend at his previous clubs. On occasions when he has not been allowed to purchase players that he wishes for, the Portuguese has been less successful. Torres was one of the world’s most expensive players after his £ 50 million move to Chelsea in 2011, but he was not a Mourinho purchase.
The Portuguese did not utilise Torres to the full extent and ended up sending him on loan to AC Milan. Now, Torres has become a permanent part of Milan and is now playing at Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the campaign. This has allowed him to get an experience of working under Diego Simeone, who has become one of the most revered coaches in European football over the last three years. Simeone has been able to make Atletico into a title winning team despite not having much resources. Instead, his work has been focused on improving the objects available at his disposal and this includes the players and the small transfer fees.
“They’re very different.It’s difficult to compare, because it’s not the same being on a team where you have players you want, spend the money you want and after that they win, that’s what makes Mourinho.That’s not easy. And with Simeone the experience you have with Atleti is winning with other resources. I don’t know what Mourinho would do at Atletico or Simeone at Chelsea. What I like is that they are very intelligent to adapt to what they have,” said Torres, who is yet to score in the league since joining Atletico Madrid. Fernando Torres