Fernando Torres is happy with the competition at Chelsea and backs himself, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba to all play a major role this season

The Spanish striker scored against Swindon in the Capital One Cup in midweek

Fresh from scoring against Swindon in the Capital One Cup, Fernando Torres expects he and his fellow Chelsea strikers Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba to play an important role this season.

It has appeared since the arrival of Samuel Eto'o that the Cameroon striker is Jose Mourinho's favoured forward - with Torres and Ba having been largely ignored.

Et'o was named in the first XI for the first three games he was available for selection, even though he looked short of fitness and wayward in front of goal.

Yet Torres is the only forward to have scored for the club this season, grabbing his second of the season in the 2-0 win over Swindon on Tuesday.

Despite that, Eto'o is expected to start in the match against Spurs at the weekend according to the Evening Standard, but Torres is unconcerned.

“We have great strikers and all of us are going to score goals," said the Spain international. "It’s nice to have this competition. The season is going to be long like the last one. There’ll be time for all of us to play in important games and score some goals.

“The main thing is we keep winning. We are in the top four in the Premier League and have moved one step forward in the [League] Cup.

“We’re all fighting to be in the line-up, to be in the squad. It is not easy but is good for the improvement of the team. There are players who have not been involved in the last few matches and the passion and character is plain to see.

“The response of the team has been great. The match against Swindon was my first 90 minutes since the Bayern Munich game in the [Uefa] Super Cup. Sometimes you don’t realise you haven’t played 90 minutes for a couple of games until you feel so tired at the end.”

Chelsea go into the match at White Hart Lane on the back of two victories having been under pressure just a week ago following consecutive defeats.

Eto'o is yet to score this season Eto'o is yet to score this season  

Mourinho, who returned to the club as manager in the summer, came under heavy criticism last week for the team’s performances against Everton and Basle in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.

He has told the fans that it will take time for the players to adapt to the new football philosophy he is trying to introduce, which has also seen crowd favourite Juan Mata left out of the side. But Torres believes Chelsea have made a strong opening to the campaign under the circumstances and will improve as each week goes by.

He added: “A new manager always brings different ideas. There are new things that we have to change from the past and that takes time.

“Manchester United and Manchester City have changed their managers so we are in the same situation. It’s not an excuse. We have a young squad, a very good one. We’re working and everyone is getting better. The season has only just started and can be very good. I think we have to go like the manager says, game by game, bit by bit.”

Cesar Azpilicueta is another Chelsea player determined to fight for his place and that is because he wants to fulfil his dream of playing for Spain at the World Cup next summer.

Mourinho has made Branislav Ivanovic his first-choice right-back this term, with Azpilicueta starting his first game of the season against Swindon.

It means the 24-year-old, who is being targeted by Athletic Bilbao over a possible transfer in January, is in danger of losing his spot in the Spain squad.

However, he said: “The national team has an abundance of talent but I’m going to keep trying to force my way into this exceptional side.”

Meanwhile, Marco van Ginkel could be out for up to nine months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Swindon. It is believed the  20-year-old midfielder will undergo surgery today.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003