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Chelsea striker Torres: Now my Blues career can start

Fernando Torres was thrilled to break his scoring duck for Chelsea in victory over West Ham United. Torres came off the bench to net in yesterday's 3-0 win.

The Spain striker told ESPN: "It was not the beginning I was expecting when I signed, but it's not easy to go in January or February.

"I kept working and it's thanks to all my team-mates that I scored. There's less pressure for me now, now I can enjoy it."

Luck appeared to have deserted Torres as he raced onto Nicolas Anelka's pass in the 84th minute today, the ball getting stuck in a near-waterlogged pitch.

But it proved a blessing in disguise as the 27-year-old swivelled and fired left-footed into the corner of the net.

"The pitch was not the best to score the goal, but football is like this," Torres added. The goal sparked jubilant scenes in which Torres was mobbed by every one of his outfield team-mates.

Stamford Bridge also erupted, the Chelsea fans having never lost faith in their record signing.

"The fans have been very patient with me," Torres said.

"I had more and more anxiety for them than for me. Hopefully this is the first of many."

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