Fernando Torres has seen a silver lining from being dropped to the bench so often with both Chelsea and Spain last season, as the international gears up for the new campaign ahead.
Having struggled following his big-money move from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011, where he often found himself behind the departed-Didier Drogba in the pecking order, the 28-year-old can now see the bright side of things.
"During my first season [at Chelsea], I did my best but still did not play," recalled Torres to La Razon. "I always did my best, even if it was with a new coach, a new team, and a style of training I was not used to."
"I relied on my fellow colleagues on the bench for support, who always set a good example for me. I learnt to take as many chances as I could during the vital minutes I was afforded in the prelude to the European Finals.
"All i know was that I learnt to try harder, in a team full of stars, and understand that everything I had done in the past [with Liverpool] counted for little. I grew a lot from that experience."
Torres was again used from the bench during Euro 2012 as Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque opted to play with a striker-less formation, but nevertheless still finished La Roja's tournament as their top scorer.