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Torres: Eto'o is not my enemy

ESPN staff
September 17, 2013
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Fernando Torres insists fellow Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o is not his "enemy" and says he will do all he can to help his new teammate settle at the club.

Torres was speaking after another busy summer at Chelsea in which the club further reinforced its attacking options.

German international André Schürrle and Eto'o both made the move to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window, leading to further questions about Torres' future after he was demoted to the bench for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Everton in favour of Eto'o.

"There is now more competition up front but Demba [Ba], Samuel and me are not enemies, we are friends," Torres said.

"We are teammates and are fighting for the same targets. I think it's really good for the team. Eto'o is one of the best strikers I have ever seen. I played against him in Spain many times and you can see the record he had there with Real Mallorca and Barcelona, as well as in Inter.

"I am sure he [Eto'o] is going to really enjoy this period of his career with Chelsea. He is training really well, I wish him all the best and will help him in every way that I can."

Unaffected by yet more speculation over his future, Torres feels competition at the club can only be a good thing, revealing he believes Chelsea can make it a clean sweep of silverware this season.

"To win everything - that can be realistic because we have a great squad. We have to think positive. Having players who can regain the ball and be really quick is one of the big qualities we have this season in our squad. We have those type of players up front and on the wings.

"That is good for us to play in the space behind. The main thing is to take it step by step, score goals, work for the team and do well when we have the chance and win a trophy.

"Our training has been really good. The tempo is really good. In the beginning it is always like this, everyone wants to show [what they can do] and prove that they're ready to play. We will see during the season how things are going but everything is good."

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