Perhaps it was the excitement of scoring in consecutive games for Chelsea that caused Fernando Torres to lunge two-footed at Mark Gower on Saturday afternoon, something for which the referee rightly brandished the red card.
Torres had opened the scoring for the Blues against Swansea and was looking sharp in the Premier League match before a rush of blood to the head saw him depart for an early bath, leaving his team-mates to play with ten men for the remainder of the contest.
The Spaniard was full of remorse when speaking to Chelsea TV on Monday, saying: “Obviously I didn’t want to do anything bad against the other player,” the Spaniard told Chelsea TV. “I tried to take away my legs, but I arrived late to the ball and I kicked him a little bit.
“It’s a pity and I’m really disappointed for that. It’s the first time I have received a red card in the Premier League and I hope it’s the last one. It was really disappointing, especially because the team had to play with 10 men for a long time.”
Torres has been encouraged by the way that the Chelsea supporters have stuck by him over the past few months, saying: “I have been struggling, but I have always had the support of the fans. From the first day until now, every time I talk with them on the street, the cafe, everywhere, I can feel the support they are giving me so it is nice to start scoring for them.”