SWINDON TOWN 0 vs CHELSEA 2
CHELSEA outcast Fernando Torres last night vowed to keep fighting for his place after taking advantage of a rare start to inspire a Capital One Cup third-round stroll at League One Swindon.
Torres, who had not started a domestic game since 18 August, scored the first and summoned a moment of exquisite skill to provide the second for Ramires.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho does not appear to have settled on his favoured centre-forward yet, with Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle all occupying that role on occasion this term.
The Spaniard, Chelsea’s leading scorer last season with 22, is enjoying his billing as a cup specialist but hopes it will lead to more opportunities in the top flight, where they face Tottenham on Saturday.
“I think in the last couple of seasons I’ve been more involved in the cup competitions than the Premier League and I’m scoring more goals in the cup,” said Torres.
“Hopefully I will have the chance to play more in the Premier League and score more goals. It’s difficult to play in this great team but we are all fighting for the positions.”
Chelsea’s joy was tempered slightly by injuries to Ramires, who may miss the Spurs clash, and fellow midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
Torres followed up a parried Juan Mata shot to prod in the first after 29 minutes, before pirouetting past two Swindon players and feeding Ramires to jab the second into the roof of the net six minutes later.