Torres turns back the clock

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Fernando Torres turned in a man of the match performance for Chelsea in yesterday's 0-0 draw with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium - but admits his frustration at both his, and the collective team's ability to find the back of the net on Sunday.

It was a not so welcome back to Barclays Premier League action for the Blues, and something of a baptism of fire for manager Andre Villas-Boas in his first competitive Chelsea game against a physical Potters side.

A tightly contested first-half, which saw both sides cancel each other out, opened up after the break with Torres at the centre of the majority of Chelsea's attacking play.

"I feel very fresh with pace and sharpness," he confirmed. "So I am happy with that but not with the 0-0 because a striker always wants to score. It is our work so I would like to score every game but it is not possible.

"I am only 27 and I have not forgotten how to score and play well. Last season was a season to forget for me, a lot of things happened, but it is in the past and now I want to look forward. This season I am sure is going to be very nice for Chelsea and for myself."


Torres gave Stoke's defenders a testing time with his constant running and turning with the ball, and was also involved in one of the Blues' unsuccessful penalty claims.

But the Spaniard remains in good spirits, and suggests whilst it was disappointing not to start the new campaign with three points, the performance gives the players a good platform to build on.

"It was a slightly disappointing result," he continued. "We had some chances to score and we had at least two very clear penalty situations. One I was involved in was very clear but then again 90 minutes is enough time to score so it is not an excuse.

"I think we deserved to win, so we have missed two points but it is just the first game. Taking one point is not a good result but Stoke is a very difficult stadium to play in and they are a very good team."

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