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Jose Mourinho tells Torres to relish competition

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Torres must embrace competition at Chelsea. (©GettyImages)
Torres must embrace competition at Chelsea. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists that Fernando Torres should 'relish' the competition he will face for a first team spot in the upcoming season for Chelsea.

Torres has had a difficult spell as a Chelsea player after signing for them in January 2011 for the now infamous fee of £50m. 

The Spaniard faced competition for the striker spot with Didier Drogba when he first signed and seemed to struggle as a result.

Mourinho believes Torres should start relishing the competition for places at Chelsea in the coming season.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think Torres should be happy, because we have competition in the team in every position and that is good for everybody.

"Sometimes Torres has been the only striker and then Demba Ba came in January, and now we have three strikers and that is good for the team."

The 29-year-old will face competition from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion. The Belgian scored twice in Chelsea's recent match against Indonesia All Stars in an 8-1 thrashing.

Torres benefitted from the fact that Demba Ba was cup-tied in the Europa League last season due to his involvement with Newcastle. 

The Spaniard scored six goals enroute to winning the trophy with the west London club but will now face increased pressure from his team mates.

Chelsea new-boy Andre Schurrle can also operate as a striker and Mourinho may call upon him if his traditional strikers don't perform.

Torres has netted 15 times in 82 league appearances for Chelsea over his two-and-a-half year spell at Chelsea. 

Although the Spaniard ended last season with 21 goals in all competitions in 62 games, scoring in the Europa League final.


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