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    Tuesday, 28 April 2020

    Rio Ferdinand : Why Nemanja Vidic always struggle against Fernando Torres

    Rio Ferdinand has explained why team mate Nemanja Vidic always had miserable time whenever he came up against Torres



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    Former England defender Rio Ferdinand alongside Serbia international Nemanja Vidic formed one of the most dominant defences ever seen in the Premier League during their days at Manchester United.

    Vidic was one of the most prolific defenders in Europe under Alex Ferguson's led Manchester United side two decades ago.

    But the Serbian had endured a miserable record against Liverpool striker Torres, caught enraged three times.

    Despite how often Vidic couldn't take Torres, Ferdinand says he and the Serbian never discussed swapping who marked the Spaniard – even though Rio had 'no problems' defending against him.


    Asked about Vidic’s struggles against Torres, Ferdinand told The Beautiful Game podcast: "First of all, it's the best partnership ever in Premier League history. Trust me. Listen, strikers were playing out on the wings some times because they didn’t want to come up against us, it was mad!

    "There's always going to be that one player in your career who's difficult. He might not be the best player on the planet, but his style is made to hurt your style. And Torres might have just been that for Nemanja.

    "He's someone he found difficult to play against. And he's probably the only player I’ve seen consistently give Vida a hard time, and he got sent off in a couple of the games didn't he, early on in the games.

    "But listen, Torres was a great player and when he was in his pomp when he was at Liverpool, he was one of the best strikers about. He was a devastating striker. But with me one-v-one, he didn't cause me any problems if I'm honest.

    "That's just the way it is. One of my hardest strikers to play against when people ask me – other than the ones that are obvious, like Ronaldo and Messi – was Kevin Davies. You would never expect that.

    "But he was always tough to play against for me, always caused me the most problems. He always was physical, just obstructing you all the time. The ball might be over there [away from you] but he's grabbing you and all this stuff.

    "So you would never expect that, but Torres would have been that for Nemanja probably. But we never really spoke about it.

    "It’s mad, our relationship, we spent a lot of time with each other after training, in and around the training ground just chatting about loads of stuff, but it wasn't about our relationship on the pitch. It wasn't like, 'Vida you know when you go tight with Suarez, I'm going to be behind covering'. It was nothing like that. We never spoke like that at all.

    "But our relationship was like there was something in the air that I knew he was going to go there, and if he went there I would go here. If I went here, he was there. Partnerships in the game are not necessarily built just on the training pitch, sometimes you're just blessed that someone comes into your life at that time and it’s come together just like that. And that’s what we had."

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