Torres unfazed by expected Everton reception

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is prepared for the reception he will receive from Everton supporters in this afternoon’s fixture at Goodison Park, chelseafc.com reports.

The Spanish international spent four seasons at Liverpool and played in numerous Merseyside derbies before his £50m move to Stamford Bridge. Torres has praised the atmosphere at Goodison Park, which will be slightly less reserved than what Torres knew from his Liverpool days, and hopes that Chelsea can get a victory. The striker has only scored six times for the Blues since his move in January 2011 and wants today to change that fact.

Torres said: ‘This is a situation you can’t control, and with a Liverpool past they will see you in this way, you stand out more than the others. It’s one of the proper English atmospheres. When you play away, Goodison Park, or White Hart Lane, these places have big atmospheres for big matches. Obviously when I used to play for Liverpool this game is a special day, and as an away player you have to be focused and try to ignore the atmosphere.’

Torres assisted Juan Mata for the second Chelsea goal against Manchester United at the weekend and will be hoping that he can be on the receiving end of such strikes. The Blues threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with the Premier League champions and the Spanish international will be looking to help change their current form, as Chelsea are three league games without a victory.

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