Torres: I never doubted myself

The Spain international showed he was close to his lethal best with

two brilliant goals in the 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders

Chelsea yesterday. It doubled his tally for the season, but two

goals in his previous 12 matches had resulted in the 26-year-old

being criticised for cutting a frustrated figure on the field with

much speculation about his state of mind. Torres, who admitted the

injuries he had battled in the first seven months of the year had

taken their toll, insisted he had not been struggling mentally.

“The confidence has never been a problem,” he said. “But we all

needed time to play well with new players and a new manager and new

ideas.” Torres said the win over Chelsea, their third successive

Premier League victory and fourth in all competitions, had given

everyone a significant boost. “We knew before the game if we beat

them we would get more confidence but the three points is the best

thing,” he told BBC Sport. “We are improving and this kind of

result gives us more confidence, we are going forward in the table

and are quite happy about that. “The team is playing well and when

the team is playing well the players will play better, so it is

good for everyone. “This is a tough week with two games in five

days so we have to forget this game and start thinking about Wigan

(on Wednesday) and Stoke.”