Fernando Torres is seeking winner’s medal number four in four months this afternoon when we face Manchester City at Villa Park.
The striker added the FA Cup, Champions League and European Championships to his personal collection over the past few months, and is determined to be on the winning side again today.
‘I haven’t won this trophy and I want it,’ said the Spaniard. ‘I don’t care if it’s not the most important trophy in England because for me it is.
‘I would like to finish my career with all the trophies possible – I may have won the most difficult ones but I haven’t won many of the trophies you have the chance to win every season.
‘If you want to play the Community Shield, you have to win the Premier League or the FA Cup, so it’s not easy to be there. Let’s go and win the first trophy of the season.’
It could be a busy season in the silverware stakes with us competing on seven fronts, and Torres is determined to keep increasing his tally throughout the campaign.
‘The first target for me is to keep winning trophies. We have the same four competitions as every season and we have three more to go for this season – the Community Shield, the European Super Cup and the World Club Cup,’ he said.
‘These last two competitions are especially important because you never know if you are going to have the possibility to play them again. It’s really important for us because they are the only two trophies left to win in Chelsea’s history, so let’s try to get them!’
The former Atletico and Liverpool man admits he has been blessed to be around at such a fruitful time for both club and country.
‘I think we are very lucky to be born in a such a good generation of Spanish players,’ commented the 28-year-old. ‘I was in Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when we went out in the group stage of the first one and the last 16 of the second one. At that time, we never could have imagined that this generation of players would come and we would be able to win two Euros and one World Cup and we still have time to win some more.
‘The only thing now is to enjoy the time we can play together and keep believing we can win another World Cup, to make it four in a row. Nobody did three in a row, but four in a row would be a record.
‘As for Chelsea, having the chance to win trophies was one of the main reasons I came here and in my first full season we won two trophies, which is the thing I was looking for when I first came. But now I have more objectives and more personal targets, so this season is going to be very important for me.’