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Chelsea ace Torres lays it bare: Drought had me down in the dumps

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has detailed the mental hell he went through during last season's goal scoring drought.

The Spain international went 24 matches without scoring this season before finally ending his five-month goal drought with two goals in Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester.

For a player who has excelled at hitting the net at both Liverpool and before then at Atletico Madrid, it became almost a psychological problem.

"It was a mental block, I felt really bad," he told his website,

"I felt very well on the field this season because I have become a more complete player but the ball did not fall for me and I felt I was never in the correct position.

"I watched many videos to study the movements of other strikers, including mine from my spells at Atletico and Liverpool.

"It helped me a lot because I lost the fear of being in the area. I want to thank Steve Holland (assistant coach) for the work he did to help me.

"There were times where I lost hope and that has never happened to me before.

"It's the worst feeling in the world when you love your profession and I became the player I hate.

"Luckily it is part of the past. Now all I have in mind is to fulfil dreams.

"I fulfilled a dream (by winning the Champions League against Bayern Munich at the weekend) and I'd say it's a very happy moment but I demand more.

"The best is yet to come. Now we have to keep dreaming."

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