Sunday 22 April 2018

Torres hoping that strong Swindon showing leads to Premier League starts

Chelsea's Fernando Torres gets away from Swindon Town's Darren Ward
Chelsea's Fernando Torres gets away from Swindon Town's Darren Ward

Fernando Torres hopes his performance in the 2-0 win over Swindon in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie will convince boss Jose Mourinho to make him the first-choice striker.

Torres scored the Blues' first goal and then set-up Ramires' second as the Barclays Premier League side coasted into the fourth round.

The Spain international has been relegated behind summer signing Samuel Eto'o in Chelsea's past three matches, but showed enough to suggest he could be included from the start against Tottenham at the weekend.

"Hopefully I will have more opportunities to play in the Premier League," He told Sky Sports 2.

"The season is long and we have time to play important games.

"We will all be involved. We are in the manager's plans. We have 25 players squad in the squad and it is difficult to play in this great team."

Torres was joined by the likes of Juan Mata, Michael Essien and David Luiz in the starting XI after being overlooked in recent games.

While Mata did not produce the performance to suggest he might displace Oscar as Mourinho's preferred number 10, Essien and Luiz did impress.

"We all know the cups are important and to win away against teams in the lower divisions is difficult," Torres said.

"We know that from previous season and we are very happy.

"For the players who have not played in the last few matches it was good to play - everyone is happy. "

"It is one step forward."

Chelsea's only sour note on the night were injuries to Marco van Ginkel - who appeared to suffer a knee problem - while his replacement Ramires did not re-appear for the second half.

Swindon boss Mark Cooper was pleased with his side's performance on a night they enjoyed a fair majority of possession albeit without significantly testing debutant Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

"We tried to play," he said. "We played decent football without really hurting Chelsea.

"We showed what we are trying to do - play and move the ball quickly but we didn't threaten the goalkeeper enough.

"Full credit to Chelsea. Their attitude was spot on and if they do that it's difficult.

"We'll be better for it. At times we kept the ball off them."

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