Basel defeat woke Chelsea up, says Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has revealed that the club was given a jolt by losing at home to Basel in the Champions League, Sky Sports has reported, the striker arguing that it is a positive that the shock came so early on in the campaign.

The Blues were beaten by the Swiss side in their opening group game of the tournament, going down 2-1 despite taking the lead at Stamford Bridge. Brazil midfielder Oscar opened the scoring but goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller overturned the advantage and gave Chelsea an uphill battle to avoid a second group stage exit in as many years – with last year’s early elimination coming as holders of the trophy, setting an unwanted record in the process.

But Jose Mourinho’s side have since responded with two convincing away wins, putting four past Steaua Bucharest in Romania and three past Schalke in Germany. Torres scored twice in the latter victory and believes that despite the sloppy start to the competition, Chelsea are now excellently placed.

We are top of the group again after not the best start of the competition at home against Basel,” the Spain international said. “Now we have two games at home, one game away, so we’re in the position we wanted.

These kind of things (defeat to Basel) are good when it happens at the beginning of the season, when the games are not crucial and we have time to fix it, like we have done now,” Torres continued. “When these kind of things happen at the end of the season, you lose competitions, you lose titles and it’s not good. Hopefully we’ve learnt the lesson and it won’t happen again.

Torres has made 12 appearances under Mourinho so far this season, eight starts and four from the bench, and has responded with seven goals. The fixture at Schalke was also the former Liverpool forward’s 100th start for Chelsea, following his January 2011 switch from Anfield.

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