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Misfiring Fernando Torres insists Chelsea switch has been a success

 

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres today insisted his move from Liverpool has been a success and is determined to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge which runs out in 2017.

Torres has scored just 19 goals in 90 appearances since moving from Liverpool for a British record £50m in January 2011, having hit 81 in 142 games for the Reds.

However, the Spain international helped Chelsea win the Champions League and FA Cup in his first full season last term and believes that proves he was right to leave Anfield.

Liverpool have only won the League Cup since he left and despite Chelsea’s struggles this season, he is confident more silverware will come, starting with the FIFA World Club Cup which takes place next week in Tokyo.

When asked if he felt vindicated over making the move from Liverpool, Torres said:  “One of the main reasons to come to Chelsea was that they are always aiming for trophies. I needed to win trophies because they are what you have after you have finished.

“In my first full season we won the FA Cup and Champions League, what more can you ask? We have a chance now to win the FIFA Club World Cup.

“I have four more years on my contract so hopefully I can win many more things — the Premier League would be amazing. The Capital One Cup and the Community Shield also.”

Despite Torres’s enthusiasm, Chelsea are in crisis having sacked coach Roberto di Matteo two weeks ago and replaced him with Rafael Benitez.

They have gone seven games without a win in the League — their worst run since 1995 — and look set to be knocked out of the Champions League tomorrow night. They must beat Nordsjaelland and hope Shakhtar Donetsk win at home against Juventus or they will exit at the group stage for the first time in their history.

Torres has not impressed since being named as the club’s first-choice striker following the departure of Didier Drogba in the summer. Chelsea did not sign anyone to compete with the 28-year-old for the position and bought talented creative players Oscar and Eden Hazard to combine with Juan Mata instead.

The club are now starting to lose patience with Torres but the forward feels he and the team just need more time to improve and is adamant that he will repay their faith in him.

He added: “I’m very happy about that [being Chelsea’s main striker] because it’s the role I like. Hopefully, it can be like this until the end of the season.

“We still have to improve other things as a team but I think we have the players. We just need more time. We have been very good defensively this season. But in the middle we have huge quality and those players have to be the key.

“It’s just a matter of time and training and being sure that we understand each other. With Mata I have been playing for many years in the Spain team and last season at Chelsea. But Oscar and Eden have just arrived and we need to train more to improve.”

Chelsea’s participation in the Club World Cup, which sees the champions from six continents face each other, has come at an awkward time and means they will end up playing nine games this month.

However, Torres says it is a competition they must do their utmost to win and told FIFA.com: “We will hopefully arrive there with enough time to adapt and be focused to win this tournament and take it seriously, as we should.

“I think it’s one of the main targets we should have this season.”

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