Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/4/13
In 1994 Chuck Russell's film "The Mask," Jim Carrey's character finds that his personality is changed by putting on a wooden mask. Inhibitions disappear and the meek Stanley Ipkiss becomes an extrovert, zoot-suited, green-faced conman. It wouldn't quite by true to say Fernando Torres has undergone a similar transformation since donning a plastic faceguard to protect the nose he broke against Steaua Bucharest in the last Europa League round. Yet, against Rubin Kazan on Thursday night, at least some of the inhibitions melted away as he scored twice and had a hand in the other as Chelsea defeated the Russian side at Stamford Bridge 3-1 . For the analogy really to work, the change in temperament would have had to be immediate. Torres began in familiarly bumbling style, falling over the ball and then dragging a shot wide in the opening quarter of an hour. What transformed Torres is not the mask but goals and one came his way after 16 minutes. "I said before that Fernando Torres was tra...
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