Fernando Torres misses his old self after disappointing Chelsea spell
Fernando Torres has admitted he has found life difficult at Chelsea since he arrived, having found it hard to get used to the squad rotation at Stamford Bridge after years of being the main man at Liverpool.
Torres arrived at Chelsea from Anfield for a Premier League record fee of £50million three and a half years ago, but he has never reached the heights he achieved at Liverpool in London, having found himself relegated to the substitutes bench on a regular basis under a succession of managers.
Latest manager Jose Mourinho has suggested Torres still has a role to play at Chelsea next season and while Torres still wants to show what he’s made of at Chelsea, he has admitted years of being on the bench has weighed on his confidence and dented his belief.
Torres told reporters, “I understood nothing of what happened.
“I started to get to know the bench. I reassured myself that things would soon change. Andre Villas-Boas arrived, the (Roberto) Di Matteo, but it was always the same; one day I played, the next, I did not.
“When you play, you do not ask yourself how it feels to be on the bench. You have to live it to understand how difficult it is to be there, without being there.
“To enter a match knowing that you do not have the confidence of the coach. To play when you simply don’t have the habit of playing. Me, I felt bizarre, I had the feeling of getting tired quicker, or being heavier. I had no gas.
“You have to fight against a lot of things to get off the bench, sometimes even against yourself.
“Today, I am a different player, but I’m not going to lie to you: The player that I was, the one who started all the matches with a guaranteed place, I really miss sometimes. At one point, I even sat myself down to watch videos of myself scoring goals, just to understand what I was doing before when I was scoring.
“I concluded that the only thing that had changed was the colour of the shirt. Everything is a question of adapting to the playing style of a team. There are styles that suit me more and others less – that is all.”