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july 28, 2012 • 09:04 AM

Torres confident he can fill Drogba's cleats at Chelsea

Fernando Torres believes he can fill Drogba's role as a leader at Chelsea.
Foto: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters
 

Spanish forward Fernando Torres is certain that he will be able to replace departed Didier Drogba for Chelsea in the English Premier League after the Ivorian left for China.

Drogba joined his new team last month after scoring 157 goals for Chelsea in 8 years at Stamford Bridge, including scoring a tying goal in the UEFA Champions League final last season, and scoring the winning goal in the penalty kick shootout.

Torres has been erratic since he joined the London club from Liverpool for a record 50 million pound signing (almost $79 million) in January 2011. He said he welcomed the pressure of leading the club that ruled Europe.

“I like the responsibility, it’s something I’ve always done,” said the 28-year-old footballer on the club’s website. “Didier did everything for this club, and his goal in the UEFA final was an inspiration for all of us,” said the Spanish forward, who also scored the fourth goal for Spain against Italy in the Euro 2012 final earlier this month.

“Our relationship was very good and I spoke with him when he decided to leave. I wish him the best, and I hope someday Chelsea fans will remember me like they do him.”

Chelsea plays its first game of the season on August 19 against Wigan Athletic.

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