Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says there is no need for him to be rested for the European champions’ trip to Champions League newcomers FC Nordsjaelland today.
The Spain international scored the opening goal as Chelsea won 2-1 at London rivals Arsenal on Saturday to galvanise their grip on top spot in the Premier League. With injuries having restricted Daniel Sturridge to just four substitute appearances this season and Didier Drogba having left the club in the summer, Torres has had to shoulder the goalscoring burden alone.
The former Liverpool man is the only player to have started every one of the club’s games this season, but he told Chelsea TV that he has enough gas in the tank for the trip to Denmark. “I’ve been resting last season too many games, so I’m fresh now,” said the 28-year-old, who has scored five goals in 10 appearances this season. “I’m feeling good and now we have a very important game against a great team. It’s an important game for us in the Champions League because we didn’t start with the three points.”
Chelsea began their Group E campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Italian champions Juventus, a game in which Brazilian starlet Oscar announced his arrival at Stamford Bridge with a brace of long-range goals. The London club, who are bidding to become the first side to successfully defend a Champions League title, will expect to take all three points from today’s game.