Samuel Eto’o is a genius, says Chelsea’s Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres singles out Samuel Eto'o for praise ahead of Chelsea's clash with Galatasaray

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Fernando Torres scored 22 goals for Chelsea last season Photo: The Sport Review

Fernando Torres has singled out Samuel Eto’o for special praise by describing the striker as a “genius” ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Galatasaray.

The Cameroon international has netted six Premier League goals and made two assists since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Torres, meanwhile, has managed just four league goals after being restricted to 11 starts in the English top flight this term.

And the Spaniard was full of praise for his fellow Chelsea team-mate for the impact he has had since arriving at the club.

“Jose Mourinho has shown that everybody will get a chance and we’ve all been through the same thing. He likes to rotate the squad and shake up the team depending on the opposition,” Torres told Marca.

“It’s great, [Eto’o is] a genius. He’s doing what he’s always done, scoring goals.”

Galatasaray v Chelsea: Pre-match facts

• Drogba was part of the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions League for the first time in 2011/12, scoring a late equaliser and then the decisive penalty in the final shoot-out against Bayern München in Munich on 19 May 2012. That was the Ivorian’s final kick for the club.

• Mourinho masterminded Chelsea’s sole round of 16 defeat between 2006/07 and 2011/12, as coach of Inter Milan in 2009/10.

• Wesley Sneijder played under Mourinho at Inter in 2009/10, helping eliminate Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate in the round of 16 on their way to lifting the trophy.

• Emmanuel Eboue was at Arsenal between 2005 and 2011, playing alongside Ashley Cole until 2006.

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