Torres: Chelsea the favorite for Club World Cup

The Spaniard insists the Blues will go all out to win the tournament in Japan and remains confident he will remain the west London club's first-choice striker this season.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes his side is favorites for the upcoming Club World Cup, and has described winning the tournament as one of the Blues’ "main targets" this season.

“[Chelsea] should be [favorites for the trophy] but, for me, favorite means nothing,” Torres told

“The only thing it can add is more pressure for you. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you're favorite or not, you have to prove it on the pitch."

The west London club enters the competition later this month by virtue of its Champions League success in May, and the striker insists that the team’s preparation for the tournament will be thorough.

“We have never been there and it's always a completely different atmosphere in Asia, not just in the crowds, especially the weather conditions and the way the South American teams approach the competition," Torres said.

He added, “We will mentally prepare and hopefully we arrive there with enough time to adapt and be focused to win this tournament and take it seriously, as we should.

"I think it's one of the main targets we should have this season - we are not going to play this tournament again if we don't win the Champions League."

The 27-year-old also expressed optimism that his current position as the club’s primary striker will not be challenged in January and has set his sights on more trophies.

“I'm very happy [as the main striker] because it's what I have been doing in the past and the role I like to get,” he stated. “Hopefully it can be like this until the end of the season.

“In my first full season [at Chelsea] 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.

The former Liverpool striker went on to discuss his national team’s chances of a second-consecutive World Cup victory in Brazil, as well as at the Confederations Cup this summer.

“Why not! We have won three in a row,” he said. “Hopefully we can win the Confederations Cup this summer before the World Cup because Spain has never won the Confederations Cup, so it would be the first time in Spanish history as well.

“Afterwards obviously the target is Brazil 2014 – we will go there and try to win the World Cup against Brazil in their own country. That should be the most important day for Spain.”

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