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Chelsea out to maul Black Cats

Chelsea 5 hours ago
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Nov 18, 2011

Torres justifies Chelsea switch

Fernando Torres insists Liverpool fans are unaware of the real reasons behind his transfer to Chelsea.

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Torres moved from Anfield to Stamford Bridge last January in a move which angered Reds supporters, who vented their disapproval on the Spaniard when the clubs met just days later. But Torres claims there are reasons behind his transfer that have yet to be made public, and also hailed the influence of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on his career.

"Liverpool's fans have stuck with the story the club gave and they don't know the real story," he told Marca. "I don't feel bitter towards them, they will always be special for me.

"I owe so much to Rafa Benitez, no one understood me like him. He's a great coach. His teams go out with just one thing in mind: compete. Even with a smaller budget his teams can compete with the best."

Chelsea and Liverpool meet this Sunday and Torres knows his side can ill-afford a further setback in the Premier League. Torres' new employers sit just three points clear of his former club ahead of the Stamford Bridge showdown.

"Against Liverpool we can't allow ourselves to drop more points. It will be special. Liverpool are a team in transition and you can't do that overnight. You need time. They've made an effort economically and, like any project, it needs time to bed in," said Torres.

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