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Chelsea's Fernando Torres makes Champions League his priority

Chelsea's Fernando Torres makes Champions League his priorityCarlo Ancelotti expects to have a full complement of strikers available for selection when Chelsea's Champions League campaign resumes against Copenhagen on Wednesday with the focus thrust back on Fernando Torres, who will start the tie, to break his goalscoring duck at the club after his £50m move from Liverpool.

Torres, who has mustered 12 shots and created eight chances for team-mates, showed flashes of form in the first leg in Denmark, and in the victory at Blackpool last week. Didier Drogba hobbled out of that win after sustaining a blow to his hip but should be fit for the game at Stamford Bridge, though Ancelotti may opt to pair Torres with Nicolas Anelka given the Frenchman scored both goals in the 2-0 win at Parken stadium.

The Spaniard has admitted he is still settling at Chelsea and in London. "The first few weeks are not easy," he said. "You don't just arrive and everything is waiting for you. You have to get to grips with a new city, there's all the paperwork, looking for an apartment ... it takes time to find your feet and there are moments when everything seems a mess."

Torres is hopeful he can compete for honours consistently at Chelsea. "I'm sure that my best years in the Premier League are still to come," he said. "Now I want to settle down, to focus on football and to enjoy my time here. With Chelsea I can fight for the league title and the Champions League. Only once with Liverpool did I experience that feeling. Just over six weeks ago I wasn't feeling as I am now. Now I feel that I'm closer to what I want to achieve in football.

"I've spent my life trying to win and looking for titles. I have been lucky enough to win the European Championship and the World Cup with Spain. But as a footballer you also want to win with your club, the team you train with every day, and the reason why you are living and playing abroad. Chelsea are going to give me that chance this year, the next and the next. Over the next 50 years the club will be fighting with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. Chelsea have an owner who continues to invest in the squad, an owner who has a dream and an owner who will not stop until his dream comes true.

"There was only one team that could offer what I wanted, especially as I wanted to stay in England. Chelsea confirmed their interest in the January transfer window after having already tried and failed in the summer.

"I did not fancy a move to Manchester City, or a move to Manchester United out of respect and loyalty to Liverpool. I couldn't let this chance pass me by."

Asked whether his preference would be to win the Champions League or the Premier League, Torres said: "Definitely the Champions League. After winning the World Cup and the European Championship it is the biggest prize you can win. I would also love to win the Premier League as it's a great competition, and I'm sure that I will win at least one. You can never tell with the Champions League."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Dominic Fifield, for The Guardian on Monday 14th March 2011 23.29 Europe/London

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