It wasn't the greatest Chelsea debut for Fernando Torres against his previous club Liverpool. He had an indifferent game in which he was substituted shortly after an hour.
Chelsea set out on a diamond formation, mainly to accommodate Torres, and ended up losing 1-0 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Though their manager Carlo Ancelotti prefers the diamond formation, a lot of work has to be done if they are to successfully accommodate Didier Drogba, Nicholas Anelka and Torres in one line-up.
Against Fulham at Craven Cottage next Monday, Ancelotti indicated he would stick with a diamond but admitted he would tweak certain details. When asked whether the system would prove successful for Chelsea, their new £50m man said, Yes, I think so. As Carlo has said, when you have good players you have to try and keep the balance, keep working on the system.
There are a lot of good players here and a lot of possibilities and chances to play. There are still a lot of games to come and we have to be ready to play in different positions. All that matters is the team.
On his debut, the Spaniard said, It was a very difficult because Liverpool played a good game, with three at the back. We were not expecting that and maybe they took advantage of that. We didn't create enough chances to score, but we had two or three controversial chances at the end when maybe we could have had a penalty. I think the fair result would have been the draw - it was unfair to lose that game - but now we are looking forward to the next game and will keep fighting until the end. There are a lot of points still to play for.
Currently on International duty at Madrid in Spain, Torres stressed that his move to London wasn't motivated by the lure of money and insisted that sporting ambition was the main reason. He also admitted he had grown tired of playing for Liverpool, but stressed that the Reds would always be special to him.
Torres told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Money was not important. I left to improve sporting-wise. I thought I would stay one more year and take it as a transition season. But a time comes when you lose enthusiasm. You see those in the Spanish national team are playing at a different level. Then, when everything looked black, Chelsea came and showed a real interest.
Liverpool will always be very special to me. Because of its history, Liverpool is a bigger club but it's going through a difficult time. Chelsea is like Manchester United, the strongest over the last ten years. One is not better than the other - I'm just happy to have had the fortune of playing for both of them.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere in the Chelsea changing room. I thought it would be more distant but the atmosphere is very good. They laugh, they joke. It's nice.''
Torres also admitted that he was feeling relieved for the distraction that comes with the International break, having made it through two weeks of intense media speculation.
These past ten days have been very intense and it still is. Everything has gone so quickly and it's as though I have a lot of information in my head. It seems that a month has gone by instead of a week. I want to enjoy playing with the national team because we are champions of everything. This game is good for me to disconnect.''