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,”
“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.”