Torres - Chelsea need time

Fernando Torres believes Chelsea's attacking unit need more time to develop the understanding required to fire the Blues to further silverware.

Last Updated: 08/12/12 at 14:28 Post Comment

Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker believes Blues' attacking unit needs more t

Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker believes Blues' attacking unit needs more t

The £50million Spain international has been handed the responsibility of leading the attack following the summer departure of Didier Drogba, with the creative talents of Eden Hazard and Oscar brought in to complement international team-mate Juan Mata.

But Torres and the Blues have endured a testing start to the season, crashing out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage and sliding 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester United, with the striker's brace in the 6-1 win over Nordsjaelland ending a run of just one goal from his previous 11 outings.

Roberto Di Matteo paid for that slump in form with his job, with new manager Rafa Benitez finding himself regularly booed by the home supporters during his four games in charge and still to record a win in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's trip to Sunderland.

Torres relishes his role as the focal point up front and told the Daily Mirror: "I'm very happy because it's what I have been doing in the past and the role I like to get.

"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 need more time.

"We have been very good defensively this season. But in the middle we have huge quality and those kinds of players have to be the key for us because we need to play for them and the strikers need to understand what they like to do to score more goals.

"It's just a matter of time and training and being sure that we understand each other. With [Juan] Mata I have been playing for many years in the national team and last season at Chelsea. But Oscar and Eden [Hazard] have just arrived and we need to train more to improve."

Trophies

After the weekend trip to the Stadium of Light, Chelsea jet off to Japan for the Club World Cup, with Torres keen to add to his haul of last term when the Blues were crowned European champions and FA Cup winners.

Torres said: "I knew that one of the main reasons to come to Chelsea was that Chelsea 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 Club World Cup.

"I have four more years on my contract, hopefully in these four years I can win many more things than the Champions League and FA Cup, starting with the Club World Cup."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey bullish over Belgium clash after 3-0 win in Israel

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is confident of cementing top spot by upsetting Group B favourites Belgium in June.

Gareth Bale says he takes criticism of his form with a pinch of salt

Gareth Bale insists he has nothing to prove to anybody after playing a starring role in a vital victory for Wales.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company