Chelsea striker Fernando Torres said the Blues will need to improve quickly in the Champions League, as luck will not take them all the way.
The Spaniard score a fluke goal in the 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, charging down goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov’s clearance to rebound the ball in.
Chelsea were twice pegged back by the Ukrainian champions and needed an injury time winner from substitute Victor Moses to get their campaign back on track and move to the top of Group E on goal difference.
Shakhtar were impressive once again – they outplayed Roberto di Matteo’s side in the previous group game to put the holders’ progression in doubt – and Torres admitted Chelsea were fortunate to get all three points.
The 28-year-old urged the Blues to rectify their shaky performances, or they may live to regret it.
“I'm happy with the result but we know we must do much better,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We know we have to improve. We have been creating problems for them, pressing and creating chances from their mistakes, but not when we have the ball like we're used to.
“This kind of situation cannot happen again because, especially in the Champions League, at times like these you can be out.”
Despite issuing a warning to his Chelsea colleagues, the former Liverpool man praised them for the spirit they showed to once again overcome a poor performance to end up with a win.
“When we needed to win, we did; We did it against Valencia, Napoli and Barcelona - also the final against Bayern Munich,” he added.
“This was really the first big test of the season and we did it as well. We were a bit lucky - I think maybe the draw was the more fair result - but Chelsea has this special thing that no-one can buy.”
Di Matteo must now concentrate on trying to regain their place at the top of the Premier League having been overtaken by Manchester United last weekend.