Torres expecting hostile Spanish test

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has warned his teammates to expect a ferocious atmosphere in Valencia tonight.

The Blues travel to Spain for their second Champions League Group E match, having opened their account this term with a 2-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge.

A trip to the Mestalla stadium is a different proposition entirely though, with Torres expecting an intense reaction from the crowd at a ground he's failed to win at as a visiting player.

"It's a very difficult place to play away. Every time I went with Atletico, I can't remember once winning there. Valencia is one of the big teams, but hopefully it can be different this time," Torres told the Chelsea website.

"It is a massive stadium with a very good atmosphere, I played with Atletico as an away team, but also as a home team with Spain, because we used to play there for important games three or four years back. The support there is fantastic.

"It will be very hostile playing there as the away team which is good for Valencia."

Los Che have made a solid start to their La Liga campaign, having earned a 2-2 draw against Barcelona in the early stages of the campaign.


A weekend defeat to Sevilla knocked them back in the Spanish domestic table, but 'El Nino' is well aware of the threat posed by Unai Emery's side on Juan Mata's return to his former club.

"They played a really good game against Barcelona, especially for the first 60 minutes," he concluded.

"We have to be ready and waiting for them, expecting a tough game and a tough team trying to get the three points at home to get into the next round."

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