Chelsea striker welcomes competition
The Blues manager Jose Mourinho decided to leave Torres on the bench for Saturday’s game against Everton in favour of Eto’o, who was signed from Anzhi Makhachkala at the end of the transfer window.
And this was despite Eto’o only having a few days training under his belt at the Blues after playing for Cameroon during the international break and Torres spending the last two weeks training at the club.
The Spaniard was also on target last time out for the Blues in the European Super Cup against Bayern Munich last month.
And having made an appearance as a second half substitute in the match against Everton at the weekend, the report says Torres is not concerned in the least at having to fight it out with Demba Ba and Eto for a starting place.
He said: “There is now more competition up front but Demba, Samuel and me are not enemies, we are friends. We are team-mates and are fighting for the same targets. I think it’s really good for the team.
“Eto’o is one of the best strikers I have ever seen. I played against him in Spain many times and you can see the record he had there with Real Mallorca and Barcelona, as well as in Inter.
“I am sure he is going to really enjoy this period of his career with Chelsea. He is training really well, I wish him all the best and will help him in every way that I can.”
This week Chelsea kick off their Champions league campaign at home to Basle of Switzerland having failed to progress from the group stages last season.
But that has not deterred a positive Torres who speaking to Chelsea TV outlined his targets for the season.
“To win everything. That can be realistic because we have a great squad. We have to think positive.
“Having players who can regain the ball and be really quick is one of the big qualities we have this season in our squad.” Said the Spaniard, “We have those type of players up front and on the wings.
“That is good for us to play in the space behind. The main thing is to take it step by step, score goals, work for the team and do well when we have the chance and win a trophy.
“Our training has been really good. The tempo is really good.
“In the beginning it is always like this, everyone wants to show [what they can do] and prove that they’re ready to play. We will see during the season how things are going but as of today everything is good.”