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TORRES: ‘I’ve nothing to prove’

FERNANDO Torres is adamant that he has nothing to prove and everything to gain when he tries to fulfil a boyhood Champions League ambition against Barca.

If I can win a trophy with Chelsea, it will be the first trophy I've won with a club. I've obviously won the European Championships and World Cup, but they were with my country.

“The Champions League was the only trophy I wanted as a kid, and if we do manage to win it, I'm sure it will be one of the greatest moments of my life,” claimed Torres.

The Spaniard scored seven times in 10 games against Barca during his time at Atletico Madrid, earning the nickname “Bestia Negra” from fans at the Nou Camp and the Catalans hold no fear for him.

“I have nothing to prove against Barcelona. They are a team you have to play on the counter-attack, the type of game I enjoy.

“When I was at Atletico Madrid, we won at the Camp Nou two or three times, but now it's different because Chelsea are a top team as well but I certainly don’t feel as if I have anything to prove against Spanish opposition.

“Football is a team game so that is the main thing. I work hard for the team and the good of the group is what’s important, I’m so excited about the challenge of winning a trophy with my club.

“I know the ambitions this club have in terms of winning the Champions League, but it’s the same as what I have myself.”

Torres revealed that Chelsea have reshaped their playing style to deal with Barcelona and that he is feeling more and more comfortable with the system he is now working within.

“With the 4-2-3-1 we are quite comfortable, playing well and scoring goals. The way Chelsea play, there is always space on the wings. Even when I play as a centre-forward I like to drift out wide, the way we play is helped when there are spaces,” he said.


The Spain striker was dubbed Barca’s “Bestia Negra” (black beast) in his five top flight seasons with Atletico before leaving to sign for Liverpool in 2007.

He made his La Liga debut at the Nou Camp aged 18 in September 2002 and his pace helped him to knock seven goals past the Catalans, including six in Barcelona’s title winning years of 2005 and 2006.

p 2002-03: Atletico Madrid 3 Barcelona 0 - Scored the first to give Atletico half time lead.

p 2004-05: Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 1 - Scored three minutes into second half to level Van Bronckhorst opener.

Barcelona 0 Atletico Madrid 2 - Scored in the first minute and then a penalty in the last.

p 2005-06: Atletico Madrid 2 Barcelona 1 - Scored equaliser after 18 minutes before |Kezman’s second-half winner.

Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 3 - Opened the scoring before half time and wrapped it up with a second 14 minutes from time.