Torres happy with fresh start
Fernando Torres says he was pleased with his display in Chelsea's draw at Stoke and has forgotten last season's disappointment.
Last Updated: 14/08/11 5:06pm
Fernando Torres says he was happy with his performance in Chelsea's goalless draw with Stoke on Sunday and has put last season's disappointment behind him.
The Spanish striker provided some bright moments in a largely uninspiring Blues display at the Britannia Stadium but could not break the deadlock against the hosts.
However, after a turbulent campaign last season which saw him fall woefully short of his top form, Torres claims he is feeling positive.
"I was happy with my performance today. A striker always likes to score but it is not always possible," the former Liverpool frontman told Sky Sports News.
"I am only 27 and I haven't forgotten how to play and score, last season was a season to forget for me but it is in the past."
Torres believes Stoke set out to defend and the result was always likely at a stadium where most teams struggle to break down the home side.
The £50million striker said: "It is not easy to play against Stoke and this is only the first game of many we have to play and we have to start thinking about the next one. We are happy with the performance but not the result.
"We are disappointed with the result. We had some chances to score and two very clear penalty situations, but we had enough chances so it is no excuse.
"It is not a good result but it is a difficult stadium to play in and a difficult team to play against."
Chelsea captain John Terry agrees Stoke were content to make do with a draw.
"They had made their intentions clear from the opening minutes," he said.
"He (manager Andre Villas-Boas) told us to just keep going and find the holes between the centre-halves."
The England skipper also feels the Blues have the ability to regain the Premier League trophy this season.
He said: "We believe (we can win the league), our intention last season was to win it.
"We pushed Man Utd all the way and they have gone out and strengthened but we feel we have enough in the dressing room to go on and win the league."