I learns my lessons from bench – Torres
Fernando Torres has seen a silver lining from being dropped to the bench so often with both Chelsea and Spain last season.
Having struggled following his big-money move from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011, where he often found himself behind the now departed Didier Drogba in the pecking order, the 28-year-old can now see the bright side of things.
“During my first season (at Chelsea), I did my best but still did not play,” Torres told La Razon.
“I always did my best, even if it was with a new coach, a new team, and a style of training I was not used to.
“I relied on my fellow colleagues on the bench for support, who always set a good example for me.
“I learnt to take as many chances as I could during the vital minutes I was afforded in the prelude to the European finals.
“All I know was that I learnt to try harder, in a team full of stars, and understand that everything I had done in the past (with Liverpool) counted for little. I grew a lot from that experience.”
Torres was again used from the bench during Euro 2012 as Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque opted to play with a striker-less formation, but nevertheless still collected the Golden Boot.