TORRES BACK IN THE FRAME
Fernando Torres is delighted to be back with his team-mates in America as he looks ahead to what he describes as another exciting season.
The striker has had a fantastic few months, lifting the Champions League trophy before winning the European Championships with Spain and ending the tournament with the Golden Boot, and only joined up with the squad after his summer holiday in Philadelphia this week. After a few days of training Torres is raring to go once again.
'It was an amazing summer for us, especially for Juan Mata and me who won the Champions League with the team and then were with the Spanish team and won in Europe, which means everything,' he said.
'We know we have big expectations this season, there are a lot of trophies to win and we are ready for the challenge. I am sure it is going to be a good season.
'We are really happy and looking forward to the season. In pre-season we need to show we want to be part of the team, there are lots of new players coming in and we hope after the Olympics we will start working together fully. Different players have come, so it's exciting for us.'
Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed Torres will play some part against Milan in Miami tonight, and the 28-year-old is looking forward to performing again, just 27 days after the European Championship final in Kiev.
'The last game in Philadelphia was too early for me and I am sure I will have some minutes tomorrow,' Torres said. 'The first game is difficult to find your legs but I am looking forward to it, to play against a great team who is also ready for a great season.
'It is going to be a good test for us. The result against MLS is not the most important thing but we have to be ready to improve now. It's very important from now and we will see what we can do. We are ready and really looking forward to it, especially because we've seen the love of the fans here in Miami, and we hope people come to see us and see a good spectacle.'
Torres was also asked about the pressures on him following Didier Drogba's departure. His answer showed his ambition.
'I am looking forward to it. I like the responsibility and it's a thing I've been doing all my life,' he said. 'I think Didier did everything for this club, scoring the winning goal in the Champions League was an inspiration for us.
'Our relationship was great and I was talking to him when he decided to leave he wished me all the best and hopefully one day Chelsea fans will remember me as they are going to remember him.'