Fernando Torres: I'm back

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes his normal service has been restored.

Last Updated: 16/05/13 at 18:30 Post Comment

Fernando Torres scores in the Europa League final.

Fernando Torres scores in the Europa League final.

Striker Fernando Torres believes his normal service has been restored and that both he and Chelsea have enjoyed a successful end to a turbulent season.

The 29-year-old has endured more famine than feast in front of goal since his £50million January 2011 move from Liverpool, but netted his sixth goal in six Europa League appearances as the Blues won the trophy with a 2-1 win over Benfica in Amsterdam.

"It's been a good season for me," Torres told Chelsea TV.

"Top scorer in the team, winning a trophy, scoring in the final. Things are becoming normal."

Torres, who will bid for his first Barclays Premier League goal since December in Sunday's final game of the season at home to Everton, has now netted 21 times this term.

Chelsea, the 2012 Champions League winners, began the season in contention for seven trophies; the Europa League was the unexpected eighth and final opportunity for success, which arrived courtesy of Branislav Ivanovic's late winner.

Torres said: "We were expecting to win much more this season. We were playing for finals and it's not been easy.

"At the end I think we can say it's a good season, but we're looking forward to the next one."

The first silverware opportunity was against Torres' former club, but Atletico Madrid won the European Super Cup last August. It is a trophy Chelsea will bid for again in August, against the winners of the May 25 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

"Winning the Europa League we have the chance to play in the European Super Cup again and try to do better than we did this season against Atletico," Torres said.

Torres praised the Chelsea supporters for their patience this term, with him personally and with the team.

He added: "I have no complaints about the fans. Not at all. They have been with me from the first day, especially when I most needed from the first season.

"It's not been an easy season for Chelsea fans, after going out of the Champions League and losing many important games.

"Now they can enjoy with the team. They can hold the Champions League and the Europa League (titles at the same time), just for a week.

"We must be very proud and they are too very proud of the team."Many fans were less than welcoming to interim boss Rafael Benitez, Torres' former mentor at Liverpool, who will leave the Blues later this month.

"They have always been good with me," Torres said.

"When Rafa came he did not have an easy position. To do his job in the situation was not easy. I think it's a good end for him as well, winning a trophy for Chelsea."

Torres hopes Chelsea can finish on a high in their 69th game of the season on Sunday to make certain of automatic qualification for the Champions League next term.

"The team is tired and on the pitch it's not easy to play as many games and as many important games in the last three or four weeks," he said.

"We didn't do well in the beginning and we have to work harder at the end of the season.

"We have one more important game coming because we need to secure this third place."


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