Manchester City playmaker David Silva believes Chelsea's Fernando Torres is set to embark on "the most important season of his life" as the duo prepare for Sunday's Community Shield clash.
Silva and Torres helped Spain to the Euro 2012 title earlier this summer, capping a memorable 12 months for the pair. However, Silva insists Torres' true test will come next season as he aims to fill the void left by Didier Drogba.
"Chelsea will notice Drogba's absence because he was important for them. But in football things come to an end and now is the moment of truth for Torres.
"It may be the most important season of his life, because he will have more minutes on the field," Silva is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has added midfielders Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar to the squad for next season, but the Italian says he has faith in Torres to spearhead the Blues' attack.
"I was very happy with him at the end of last season," Di Matteo said. "There are great expectations on the team and he is part of it.
"He was brought in to be a fantastic striker and hopefully he will be able to fit in and show the qualities that he has. He is full of confidence. He's not been back long but he's looking good in training."