Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v Chelsea

Monday, 22 December 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

iPro Stadium

Last Game

Derby 1 - 3 Chelsea

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Quarter-Final

Torres: Basel woke Chelsea up

Fernando Torres says a shock defeat to Basel offered Chelsea the European wake-up call they needed to burst into life.

Last Updated: 24/10/13 at 08:55 Post Comment

Torres: Has helped Chelsea to bounce back from slow start

Torres: Has helped Chelsea to bounce back from slow start

The Blues opened their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign with a 2-1 reverse against the Swiss side at Stamford Bridge.

That setback brought to an end a 13-match unbeaten run at home in continental competition and offered a rude awakening to returning coach Jose Mourinho.

With Chelsea having crashed out at the group stage in 2012/13 - as defending champions - a second successive flop was feared.

The Premier League outfit have responded in style, though, breezing past Steaua Bucharest 4-0 before claiming an impressive 3-0 victory over Schalke on Tuesday.

After netting twice in that contest, Torres said: "We are top of the group again after not the best start of the competition at home against Basel.

"Now we have two games at home, one game away, so we're in the position we wanted.

"These kind of things (defeat to Basel) are good when it happens at the beginning of the season, when the games are not crucial and we have time to fix it, like we have done now.

"When these kind of things happen at the end of the season, you lose competitions, you lose titles and it's not good. Hopefully we've learnt the lesson and it won't happen again.

"This is a young squad. New manager, new style, new players. It's not easy to settle quickly.

"We are on the way. We're improving, we're building up, we're learning as a group."

Chelsea's fate is now back in their own hands, as they top Group E, and Torres says they will be going all out to replicate their heroics from 2012 - when they landed European football's biggest prize for the first time in their history.

The Spain international added: "The Champions League is what Chelsea has to play; Europa League is not a competition we want to win.

"We're in the Champions League now, we don't want to be involved in the Europa League again because we want to win the Champions League.

"First step is finish top of the group, or second, and after that we'll see. It depends on the opponents.

"Sometimes the Champions League depends as well on the draw. Sometimes you have an easy way until the semi-final or final; sometimes you have to beat the best teams and you cannot. Let's go step by step. Schalke at home and we'll see later."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Jose Mourinho rejects idea of retrospective action against divers

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it would be a "disaster" to punish divers retrospectively.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are prepared to spend in January

Arsene Wenger says he won't buy for the sake of it but has vowed to spend in January if the right player is available.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property