Torres: Blues made me better

Torres insisted he would “change nothing that happened” to him

last season because it made him “stronger than ever” and

categorically denied threatening to walk away from Stamford Bridge

if he was not guaranteed first-team football.

That was certainly the impression the Spain striker gave after

May’s Champions League final, when he revealed the depth of his

despair since his record-shattering ?50million move from Liverpool

a year and a half ago.

Torres’ fortunes have transformed dramatically since then, the

28-year-old winning the Golden Boot at the European Championship

and – with Didier Drogba now out of the picture – starting this

season on fire in front of goal.

He looks certain to lead the line again against former club

Atletico Madrid tomorrow in the UEFA Super Cup and speaking in

Monaco on Friday, he said: “I would change nothing that happened to

me last season.

“That taught me a lot of things. I learned a lot about a lot of

people, in both ways. I learned a lot of things last season – good,

bad. It made me a better player, a better person, and I’m stronger

than ever now.”

He added: “In these 18 months, I’ve become a better player. I

have played in a different way to that I played at Liverpool.

“I can play more outside the box, associating more with my

team-mates. I gave a lot of assists last season. I can mix it


Torres admitted that last term he felt like a teenager having to

prove himself all over again.

“I’d never been on the bench like eight games in a row,” he


“I started to understand everyone in the team. When you’re

playing, you don’t think about these things.

“But when you’re there, you understand what people go through on

the bench. It was a new experience. I learned a lot of things about

that, which made me a better team-mate.

“I always tried to be a good team-mate, as I was as captain in

Madrid. But I lost that at Liverpool, when I was never captain.

“[At Chelsea] I went back to when I was 17 or 18, having to

fight every day for my place.

“I never want to go back to that situation again.”

Torres was the most expensive player ever transferred between

British clubs and is likely to remain so for some time.

“The money Chelsea paid for me was never something I was worried

about,” he said.

“It didn’t make me play badly. It was just a difficult change

from Liverpool to Chelsea. The adaptation took more time than it


“But all these things are in the past. Let’s think about the

present. The future can be brilliant, even better.”

He added: “You know you’re going to play, or think you are, and

that gives you more time to play your football.

“That’s the main difference between this and the previous

one-and-a-half seasons at Chelsea.

“I’m playing more minutes and the confidence is back.”

Torres has doubtless been helped by Chelsea’s summer signings

and he was looking forward to a bright future.

“Let’s enjoy now. The team is playing really well, the new

players are settled and doing well, and we’re in a good run now,”

he said.

“Let’s go about winning the first trophy of the season for

Chelsea tomorrow. If we do that, there’ll be more to come for


Torres may not want to relive the recent past but was happy to

reminisce about his time at Atletico, who he will face for the

first time tomorrow since leaving five years ago.

“It couldn’t be more special for me. Since my time at Atletico,

I’ve felt the support of their fans,” he said.

“They know I was and am one of them. I’ve been more than 12

years of my life there.

“It was not only my former club, but the club I support.

Tomorrow is so special and I have to leave all those things


“My only commitment is to win this cup. We have to beat Atletico

so it’s going to be about separating myself from these feelings

I’ve had all my life.

“After the game, I’ll go back to being the Atletico supporter

I’ve always been.”