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Torres brushes off Chelsea negativity talk

ESPN staff
May 24, 2013
Fernando Torres wants Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League next season © PA Photos

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has hit out at the negative image that surrounds the club, adding that the Blues are now striving for a Premier League title win.

The West London side have often been criticised in the past for their ruthlessness in order to gain success, seen by the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo just six months after he guided the club to a first ever Champions League trophy win.

However, Torres, who joined the Blues from Liverpool for £50 million in 2011, says Chelsea's trophy haul of the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League over the past two seasons proves all is not as bad as it seems at Stamford Bridge.

"At least since I'm here it always looks a bit worse than it is really," he said. "I think we have had two really good seasons and we have won two European trophies, so things are not as bad as everyone says.

"We're happy for the progress of the team, we won the Champions League with one squad and this year with a newer squad, with five or six new players, young players. We have [had] good success again in Europe and that it is not easy with so many changes in the team."

Torres is now keen for his side to push forward with their ambitions and challenge the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

"I think the players, the staff and the supporters are happy with what we are doing so hopefully we can build from what we have done in the last two seasons for the future," he said. "Next season we have to think about even more trophies, especially the Premier League. It has been difficult to do well in the Premier League and I think it is a trophy the fans really want to win.

"It looks like everything has been negative [in the press]. Nobody really talks about what Chelsea is doing good. But at the end of the day in all sports it is about results. Results are good, [in the last two seasons] we won the FA Cup, the Champions League and we have won the Europa League this season. Things are going well. We have to be realistic with that. Chelsea has won three trophies in the last two years, it is not bad."

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