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Torres: Everything seems a mess

March 15, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Ahead of the clash with Copenhagen in the Champions League, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted that he has struggled to adapt to life in London since arriving from Liverpool in January.

Fernando Torres is yet to settle into the Chelsea side
GettyImagesFernando Torres is yet to settle into the Chelsea side

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Torres cost the Premier League champions £50 million, but although he has played five games for his new club, he has yet to deliver any goals and has looked a shadow of his former self.

"There are moments when everything seems a mess," he told The Independent. "The first few weeks are not easy. You don't just arrive and everything is waiting for you. You have to get to grips with a new city, there's all the paperwork, looking for an apartment. It takes time to find your feet and there are moments when everything seems a mess."

He added: "London, though, is a huge city. If there is not too much traffic, it can take me about forty minutes to get to training. On a bad day it can take ages. Life in Liverpool was very different. I venture out in London, but I'm in awe of the city."

Despite his troubles, Torres has the backing of his team-mates and fellow striker Salomon Kalou is convinced he will come good soon.

"I don't think he has pressure - he's a top striker and he has been through that kind of thing before," Kalou said. "He has changed teams in the middle of the season, which is never easy, so I think he is going to need time to adapt.

"He's going to play and you can only have pressure on you if you're not playing the next game and not scoring. He's going to have the opportunity and he's a top striker."

Chelsea go into the Copenhagen game with one foot in the next phase, as they lead 2-0 from the first leg, and captain John Terry insists his side are focused on going all the way.

"We won't give up chasing or fighting. All we can do is win our own games, keep going to the end and see what happens at the top," Terry said. "Our fans have kept faith with us this season and we owe it to the supporters to finish the season strongly, showing the quality we have and picking up big results.

"We could still make this a good season and we're up for the challenge. It's time to show what we're capable of. This is a massive time for us."