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I watched Liverpool highlights to help spark Chelsea form

The Spaniard has admitted to
studying old footage of his
goalscoring days at Anfield in a bid
to boost his chances of starting - and
netting - for Jose Mourinho's side
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has
revealed he watched videos of his
goalscoring heroics at Liverpool to
try and shake himself out of his
career slump.
The 30-year-old Spaniard has made
110 Premier League appearances for
the Blues scoring just 20 goals -
having produced more than that in
his first season at Liverpool before
tallying 65 goals in 102 appearances.
In his time at Chelsea, though,
Torres has been brought on as a
substitute on 38 occasions, while he
only started on the bench in his
stint at Anfield 11 times.
Torres said changing coaches had
not helped his personal fortunes,
with the Spaniard under his fifth
boss at Stamford Bridge, including
Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas,
Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and
incumbent Jose Mourinho.
"I started to get to know the bench.
I reassured myself by saying things
would soon change," he told French
magazine So Foot.
"Villas-Boas arrived, then Di Matteo
but it was always the same: one day
I played, the next not.
"When you play, you do not ask
yourself how it feels to be on the
bench. You have to live it to
understand how difficult it is to be
there without being there.
"To enter a match knowing you do
not have the confidence of the
coach. To play when you simply
don't have the habit of playing.
"Me, I felt bizarre, I had the feeling
of getting tired quicker, of being
heavier. I had no gas. You have to
fight against a lot of things to get off
the bench, sometimes even against
Torres said he missed his time at
Liverpool so much so that he
watched old replays of himself in a
red shirt.
"Today, I am a different player but I
am not going to lie to you: the
player that I was, the one who
started all the matches with a
guaranteed place, I really miss
sometimes," he said.
"At one point, I even sat myself
down to watch videos of my goals: I
wanted to understand what I was
doing before when I was scoring.
"I concluded that the only thing
that had changed was the colour of
the shirt. Everything is a question of
adaptation to the playing style of a
team. There are the styles which suit
me well and others less - that is all."

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