Fernando Torres knows that it will be a struggle to force his way into Jose Mourinho's first team squad this year, according to Goal.
The out of form forward played a full 90 minutes for the first team this season against during Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup, but is under no illusions about how ruthless Jose Mourinho can be with his squad selections.
The Special One's decision to exclude Juan Mata and David Luiz entirely from the squad that faced Fulham at the weekend was stark proof of his willingness to drop big names from the team, but Torres understands the reasons behind this, and is ready to fight for his place.
Speaking to Chelsea's official website, the Spaniard said: "We know the season is long.
"We will have the chance to play important games.
"We are in the manager's plans. We have 25 very good players in the squad and it is difficult to play in this great team, but we are fighting for the positions.
"It is the manager's decision so to keep working hard is the only chance to start all the games."
Torres was also quick to praise the strength in depth of the current Chelsea side, having emerged victorious in the League Cup despite Mourinho ringing the changes from the weekend's starting XI.
"It was good minutes for the players who have not been involved in the last matches, so everyone is happy to be involved in the line-up and it is one more step forward," he added.
"It was very tough because always in the cup when you play away against teams in the lower divisions they show what football is about - the passion and the intensity when playing against a top team.
"We know this from our experience in previous seasons so we are very happy with the performance of the team."