Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes his first-half miss in Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester City provided him with inspiration for what ultimately proved to be a match-winning performance.
Torres made amends for his spurned chance as he set up Andre Schuerrle’s opening goal a few minutes later and then went on to score the dramatic last-minute winner that gave Chelsea a valuable victory versus their title rivals.
“Sometimes the most important thing about a miss is to forget about it and carry on and I was really happy to create this chance for Andre to score his goal to make it 1-0 straight after this miss,” Torres told Chelsea's official website.
“The next action I hit the crossbar so I was feeling well and at the end I could score that late goal and forget the chance I missed in the first half, so it was a very positive goal for everyone.
“Belief is the key and sometimes goals are going to be great goals but sometimes goals are coming from small mistakes like this. If I didn’t run for that ball I would not be able to score that goal, so the team has to show that belief from the first minute to the last every game.”
Torres won praise from boss Jose Mourinho for his performance against City and the striker admits his self-belief has returned under the guidance of his latest Chelsea boss.
“I am feeling good and with high confidence, and feeling better in the system we are playing with more space,” he added.
“I felt the support for all the past and I am really happy for the fans. Sometimes I feel they are even more happy with them than me, and hopefully they can see more of this this season.
“Hopefully we can keep improving as a team as it is just the beginning of the season and important games are coming.”