CHELSEA striker Fernando Torres hopes his new-found ruthlessness in front of goal will help repay loyal Blues fans who backed him through his drought.
Torres’ goal against Swansea on Saturday, following his effort at Manchester United six days previously, means he has now scored in successive games for the first time since his £50m January move from Liverpool.
“Obviously, when you are doing great, scoring goals from the first day and doing good performances, it’s easy for the fans to love and support you,” he said. “But the first six months for me at Chelsea have been very, very difficult and I have been struggling, and I have always had the support of the fans. From the first day till now, every time I talk with them on the street, the cafe, I can feel the support they are giving me so it is nice to start scoring for them.”
The Spaniard’s goal against the Swans was soured slightly by his subsequent straight red card – his first in the Premier League – for a lunge on Mark Gower. It means Torres will serve a three-match domestic ban, but he is likely to get the chance to build on his scoring run tomorrow against Valencia.
“It’s a pity and I’m really disappointed for that,” said Torres, reflecting on his dismissal.
“It’s the first time I have received a red card in the Premier League and I hope it’s the last one. It was really disappointing, especially because the team had to play with 10 men.”