Torres: Being Chelsea's first-choice striker has boosted my confidence

The £50 million signing from Liverpool endured a difficult start to his Stamford Bridge career but is now finding his form again this season alongside a number of new arrivals
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted that being first-choice striker at Stamford Bridge has boosted his confidence after a promising start to the season.

The Spain international has enjoyed a wonderful few months in his career, winning the Champions League and FA Cup last season with Chelsea, while also playing a key part in Spain's Euro 2012 triumph, finishing as the tournament's top scorer to win the Golden Boot.

And the former Atletico Madrid talisman has continued his excellent form into the 2012-13 campaign, linking up well with new signing Eden Hazard and scoring three goals in four appearances in the process.

The 28-year-old admits that there were times where he questioned his position at the club after playing second fiddle to Dider Drogba, but now feels happier as the club's main striker.

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"At the beginning of the season everything was so hard, but it was amazing at the end," Torres told reporters. "That's what football is like. But I would change nothing if I could go back. 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. Now I know my position in this club, what I have to do."

"I learned a lot of things last season: good, bad. The end of the season was brilliant for the club, for me and for everyone. It made me a better player, a better person, and I'm stronger than ever now."

Despite his difficulties, Torres believes that the experience he gained playing a different style of football for Chelsea last season has improved him as a player and will stand him in good stead in the future.

"I'm playing more minutes and the confidence is back," he continued. "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 more. This season I'm sure we'll see that.

"In football, things change so quickly. Last season was a difficult season. I cannot say a bad season because I was lucky enough to win all those trophies and the golden boot at Euro 2012."

After enduring a tough start to his Chelsea career, including failing to score in over 24 hours of football for the Blues, it was speculated that Torres was feeling the pressure of his £50 million price tag.

However, the Spain international conceded that while he took some time to adapt to life at Chelsea, he was not concerned by his British record transfer fee.

"The money never was a problem," he claimed. "The money Chelsea paid for me was never something I was worried about. It didn't make me play badly.

"It was just a difficult change from Liverpool to Chelsea. The adaptation took more time than it should. But all these things are in the past. Let's think about the present.

"The future can be brilliant, even better. All these things make you stronger. I realise things I never had before. I've been in situations I'd never been in. I can use that for the present and the future."