Fernando Torres: I like feeling pain

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is pleased to be back in pre-season training - and admits that he enjoys feeling "pain everywhere" after a high-intensity session.

The 29-year-old, who is set to enter his third full season with the Blues, also revealed that his team-mates are training especially hard in order to impress new coach Jose Mourinho.

"Everyone is giving everything to be in the manager's plans," he told the club's official website. "For me, pre-season is a nice time, I like the feeling of finishing training tired, with heavy legs and pain everywhere. It's a nice feeling."

Torres feels fresh after a four-week break and insisted: "I am fully prepared for the season."

The Spain international - who competed at this summer's Confederations Cup in Brazil and won the Golden Boot with five goals - has also praised the training sessions put on by Mourinho and his staff.

He added: "From the first day until now training has been great, high intensity, very fun, and so you are working hard but using the ball in every exercise, so it's very good.

"It's good everyone is involved together, and the manager and his assistants do small things to make you enjoy the sessions.

"Everyone is playing well, the manager is mixing everybody well, making everyone sharp for competition. We only have two more games until the first Premier League game, and so far everyone is looking great."

Chelsea take on Spanish giants Real Madrid in their penultimate pre-season friendly this evening - and Torres, who grew up as an Atletico Madrid fan before playing for the club, is hungry to taste victory against his former team's fierce rivals.

"It is always a big game for me. I grew up in a city where Real was the biggest team, one of the biggest in the world. We were always in the shadow of Real Madrid so I know what it is like," Torres continued.

"Even though it is a friendly to me it is very important and I know a lot of Atletico fans want us to win, to see that Real lost, and even more if I am playing on the other team."

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