The Spaniard was quick to put his personal disappointment to one side and bask in the glory as Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in European football for the first time in their history.
Torres, 28, said: "I was expecting to start. It was a big surprise for me, a big disappointment.
“But in the final, the main thing is to win — it doesn’t matter who plays.”
Torres only had one thing on his mind after being thrown on to help rescue Chelsea’s Champions League dream.
He added: "We needed to attack.
“We were playing like we had the handbrake on, looking like we couldn’t attack.
"But I thought we could and in extra-time we showed we could play counter-attack as well.”