Fernando Torres’ mixed fortunes continued as he found the net before seeing red for an ugly challenge in Chelsea’s comfortable 4-1 Premier League victory over Swansea.
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Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United had seen Torres score for only the second time in his Blues career before producing one of the worst open-goal gaffes in Premier League history.
He scored against Swansea with another fine finish before seeing red for inexplicably diving in studs first on Mark Gower in between a Ramires brace, which was followed by Ashley Williams’ consolation and a comeback goal for Didier Drogba.
But being down to 10 men for more than half a game for the second time in four days – Chelsea suffered the same fate in their midweek Carling Cup win over Fulham – was hardly ideal preparation for Wednesday’s Champions League showdown in Valencia.
Torres’ dismissal also meant a three-match domestic ban and ensured he would once again make headlines for the wrong reasons, despite beginning to repay his record-breaking transfer fee in earnest.