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The much-maligned striker reveals that he struggled with motivation in 2011-12 as his well-publicised lack of goals prevented him from flourishing at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea forward Fernando Torres admits there was a moment last season when he realised "he didn't care".

The Spaniard initially struggled for goals since his 60 million (£50m) transfer from Liverpool, frequently finding himself out of the first team as Didier Drogba excelled in 2011-12.

Torres confirmed to El Pais that he had "not [been] the person I wanted to be", explaining: "I have done lots of things wrong.

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"Last season there was a moment when I lost the values I learnt when I was a child.

"I had many team-mates who didn't care about winning or losing if they didn't play. I didn't want to be like them but there was a moment when I realised that I didn't care either.

"I also realised I was not happy, as I was not the person I wanted to be.

"I sacrificed myself for the team, as it was the only way to play."

Things are looking up now for the forward, however, who added of Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo: "The change of coach has made me a better player.

"I can control now some issues I didn't control in the past."

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