Fernando Torres ready to replace Didier Drogba

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Fernando Torres realises he is under greater pressure to score more frequently for Chelsea this season following the summer departure of Didier Drogba, and is confident he can compensate for the Ivorian's exit.

Drogba left Chelsea as a free agent in July having scored 157 goals in eight years at Stamford Bridge, including the decisive penalty in the Blues' dramatic Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich.

Given Torres' dire form for the majority of his time in west London, it was expected that Chelsea would spend big in order to capture a replacement for Drogba during the transfer window.

This, however, did not transpire and the responsibility of succeeding the 34-year-old was given to Torres and, so far, the Spain international has thrived in his role as Chelsea's first-choice striker.

And Torres, after scoring three goals already this season, has set himself the target of eclipsing his previous best haul in England of 33, which he achieved during his first season with Liverpool.

"Didier is not here any more so there is more responsibility for me and I’m ready for the challenge," Torres told Chelsea Magazine.

"Hopefully, everything is going to be okay and we will work hard. Now I am looking for new personal targets, which is to get as many goals as possible and, hopefully, I will score more than I did in my best season at Liverpool.

"We have the squad to do that and we have five more trophies to play for, so it could be a magic season."

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