A missed penalty, a fight and pride against Morocco: Ferran's 'annus horribilis'

2022 started in the best possible way for Ferran Torres. The Valencian became Barcelona’s brand new signing in the winter market, upon payment of a fixed 55 million euros, plus ten variables, to Manchester City. In addition, he was one of the leaders of Luis Enrique’s Spanish team, who always counted on him since his return after Robert Moreno’s hiatus. He made his debut with the Asturian in September 2020 (1-1 against Germany) and since then he had not failed in any call-up. Now Luis de la Fuente has dispensed with the Barcelona player.

It is Ferran’s first absence from the National Team in two and a half years. He has gone from being the undisputed starter with Luis Enrique to not being called up by De la Fuente. In the 35 matches played with the National Team to date, Torres has scored 15 goals. Among them, a hat trick against Germany in a 6-0 win. That was perhaps the best night that is remembered from the stage of the former coach.

Perhaps the worst was the match against Morocco, when Spain was eliminated from the World Cup in the round of 16 on penalties (0-0 and 3-0). That day, when asked by a journalist who told him if there had been a lack of a fang, he was blunt: “You will say that. I am proud of how the team has been”. The Selection shot only once on goal in the entire match.

Ferran Torres laments after missing the penalty against Valencia. (Reuters/Susana Vera)

irreplaceable last year

If last year Ferran was a shock for Barcelona, ​​as well as a player whose leading role was absolute, this season everything has changed. In 2021/22, he started 25 of the 26 games he played in all competitions. Xavi (almost) always opted for a lead in which the Valencian accompanied Pierre Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembélé.

Last summer there was a radical change in Barcelona. After a blank year, Joan Laporta undertook together with Mateu Alemany an absolute revolution in the club. the famous levers resulted in a significant investment in transfers (158 million euros). This is how Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha arrived as reinforcements in attack, players who have diminished the role of Ferran. Dembélé’s good form has also had to do with it.

The starters this season have been few. Ferran has played 22 league games, in which he has only started ten of them. Of these ten occasions, four have been in the last four days as a result of Dembélé’s injury to the rectus femoris of Dembélé’s left thigh. In the victory against Cádiz (2-0), he vindicated himself with a great game.

Ferran only played 27 minutes of the 180 against United. (EFE/Enric Fontcuberta)

His obsession with the goal

The situation has not been different in Europe either. Ferran only started the last game of the Champions League group stage, against Viktoria Pilzen (2-4), when Barcelona was already eliminated from the European Cup. That situation did not change in the Europa League, where he only played 27 minutes out of 180 in the tie against Manchester United.

“I became obsessed with the goal, I entered a bottomless pit and I didn’t know how to get out,” Ferran acknowledged after his great game against Cádiz. The Valencian had noticed that lack of prominence this season. A situation that has changed in recent weeks, although he has not taken advantage of it beyond that day against the people of Cádiz.

Ferran did not leave the penalty to Ansu Fati. (EFE/Alejandro Garcia)

The gesture with Ansu Fati

Ferran left an image in the duel against Valencia (1-0) that they have not yet forgotten in Barcelona. The culés won when they signaled a maximum penalty. The Valencian quickly caught the ball to launch it, as they ensured that he had indicated from the coaching staff. Ansu Fati, another player who is not going through his best moment either, asked him for the ball, but Torres denied it. The result: he missed the penalty and his teammate left in tears shortly after when he was replaced. That action did not like anything at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona is approaching the most decisive stage of the season. This week he will play Classic that will practically decide the League and after the break the one that will determine who is a finalist in the Copa del Rey. Some international meetings in which Ferran will not be, who wants to show Xavi that De la Fuente was wrong. And that he can be important.

2022 started in the best possible way for Ferran Torres. The Valencian became Barcelona’s brand new signing in the winter market, upon payment of a fixed 55 million euros, plus ten variables, to Manchester City. In addition, he was one of the leaders of Luis Enrique’s Spanish team, who always counted on him since his return after Robert Moreno’s hiatus. He made his debut with the Asturian in September 2020 (1-1 against Germany) and since then he had not failed in any call-up. Now Luis de la Fuente has dispensed with the Barcelona player.

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Tarun Kumar

Tarun Kumar has worked in the News sector for 05 years and is currently the Owner and Editor of Then24. He reside in Delhi, India with his Family.

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