Chelsea forward Fernando Torres admits there was a moment last season when he realised “he didn’t care”.
The Spaniard initially struggled for goals since his €60 million (£50m) transfer from Liverpool, frequently finding himself out of the first team as Didier Drogba excelled in 2011-12.
Torres confirmed to El Pais that he had “not [been] the person I wanted to be”, explaining:
“I have done lots of things wrong. “Last season there was a moment when I lost the values I learnt when I was a child. “
I had many team-mates who didn’t care about winning or losing if they didn’t play.
I didn’t want to be like them, but there was a moment when I realised that I didn’t care either.
“I also realised I was not happy, as I was not the person I wanted to be. “
I sacrificed myself for the team, as it was the only way to play.”
Things are looking up now for the forward, however, who added of Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo:
“The change of coach has made me a better player.
“I can control now some issues I didn’t control in the past.”