Record-breaking £50million signing Fernando Torres is settling in to life as a Blue after a nervy start to his Chelsea career.
The 26-year-old Spanish strike sensation has endured a turbulent time since his January move from Barclays Premier League rivals Liverpool.
But he now looks to have turned a corner after failing to impress in his first two outings – a debut against his former club, followed by the West London derby against Fulham.
Torres appeared but a shadow of the man who hit the ground running when he first came to England in the summer of 2007, scoring 33 goals in 46 games in his debut season.
He has failed to find the net so far in four Chelsea appearances, but a marked improvement in his overall performance in last week’s Champions League clash in Copenhagen will have pleased manager Carlo Ancelotti.
That was followed up with another promising display last night as the Blues battled back from a goal down to beat Manchester United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The honeymoon period is now over, with Torres having had time to settle he reflects positively on his first month in Chelsea colours.
“It was similar to starting at school (first arriving at the club). You are always, not worried, but a bit shy when you arrive on the first day and you want to do many things – go here, go there, train well, meet everyone.
“But here the atmosphere was very good, they have made it very easy for me,” he explained.
Torres justified his main reason for switching allegiances in January was to further his career in pursuit of domestic trophies. Having won the World Cup last year as well as Euro 2008 with Spain, he has his sights set on more silverware with Chelsea.
“I'm lucky to have won two major championships with Spain and now I want to do the same in club football.”