Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has hit out the bad rap he has been given and the criticism he has received since becoming the most valuable player in English football when he joined the Blues from Liverpool.
It took Chelsea £50 million to sign Torres and his first season at Stamford Bridge was a collection of embarrassing misses and bloopers and was characterised by the Spaniard’s inability to find the back of the net.
But things have steadily improved forch El Nino, who was enjoying the best form of his Chelsea career recently, until injury and suspension stopped him in his tracks.
He scored 23 goals in all competitions last season and insists that the bad press he sometimes gets is just overreaction because of his hefty transfer fee.
He claims that whenever he does something even remotely wrong, it is blown out of proportion because of who he is, while in reality he has not been so bad as a Chelsea player.
"There has been an overreaction about everything," Torres told Chelsea Television.
"Overreact when I did a miss or if I have a red card or I hit the crossbar instead of scoring a goal.
"It was a good [last] season, a good number of goals that gave us a chance to fight for trophies but if you ask the people, they will say he can do better, should do better.
"It's like I said, with me good things are looking so-so and bad things are looking really bad.”
Some pundits believe an already declining Torres was heavily encumbered by his transfer fee from the outset.
But he insists that is not the case.
“For me, it has never been a problem," said Torres of his status as the most expensive player a British club has ever bought.
"When I joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid they paid €36 million and it was the same situation and never affected me. Everyone is talking about that but it's not true."
However, his own once prolific form stands in stark contrast to his statistically comparable (mis)fortunes at Chelsea and so Torres finally does admit that he still has room for improvement.
"The people are looking at me thinking I should do much better and it's true," he said.
"The reason you pay that money for someone is that he has shown in the past he is worth that.
"Now what you have to show is you can have the same value or even more value for things you have done at Chelsea.
"I know I have many things to do at this club to give the confidence back to the owner. The amount of goals I scored last season should be the minimum."