Chelsea striker Fernando Torres admits that the first-team squad are finding it difficult to adapt to the new stewardship of Jose Mourinho, reports the Daily Star.

The £50million man says that the transition from Rafa Benitez to the former Real Madrid boss has not been an easy one to make, and is responsible for the lacklustre start the Blues made to the 2013/14 campaign.

Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge during the summer, and oversaw the west London club's worst start to a season in over a decade, as Chelsea's players - young and old - struggled to find their form.

That form has improved in recent weeks however, with Chelsea now second in the Premier League table, just two points behind leaders Arsenal.

They also beat Schalke 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to move top of qualifying Group E, and in doing so increased their chances of making it to the European knockout stages.

"This is a young squad - new manager, new style, new players," reflected Torres after his two-goal salvo in Gelsenkirchen. "It's not easy to settle quickly.

"We are on the way. We're improving, we're building up, we're learning as a group."

Chelsea return to domestic action when they play Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, before a League Cup fourth round trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.

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