Spain international was a surprise inclusion for the Premier League runner-ups after suffering from a head-injury playing for his nation, but put in a good performance
Following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Stoke City, Fernando Torres has admitted his side is disappointed at the result, however he is adamant that Chelsea should have had two penalties.
In what was a fairly tame match, it was going to take either something special, or a mistake to break the deadlock with Stoke showing little attacking threat and Chelsea unable to find a way past Asmir Begovic in the net.
“It was a disappointing result because we had some chances to score and two very clear penalty situations, one of them I was involved with," Torres said to SkySports. “I think it was very clear, but at the end of the game, 90 minutes wasn’t enough to score, so it’s not an excuse, but I think we did enough to win."
Regardless of the result, Torres appears in a good frame of mind and believes the team feel confident ahead of the season, pointing out that although the draw wasn’t what Chelsea wanted to leave with, there are still 37 matches to go.
“I think we showed we are in good form, all of us," he said. "It is not easy to play against Stoke and we have given great effort. It is only the first match of many we have to play, hopefully with better results and we must start thinking about the next game. We are happy with the performance, but not the result.”
After a fairly poor half-season with Chelsea last year, the Spain international insists he feels good, something that would seem to be backed up by his performance, having been named Chelsea’s Man of the Match.
“I am feeling very fresh, with pace and sharpness, so I'm happy with that, but not the nil-nil, as strikers want to score all the time," he said. "I would like to score in every game, but that is not possible. Following the preseason, I am only 27 so I have not forgotten how to play, score or play well. Last season was a season to forget for me. A lot of bad things happened in that season, but that is in the past and now I want to focus on this season which I am sure will be very good for Chelsea and myself.”