Torres is expected to play for the first time since his transfer request and record-breaking ï¼ƒ50million move from Anfield to Stamford Bridge led to accusations of treachery on Merseyside. ‘I have big respect for Liverpool fans so I don’t think I will celebrate,’ said Torres.
‘Maybe it’s too soon to ask for a good reception. I’m not expecting that but it would be a surprise for me if I get a very bad reception from them.
‘I don’t think it’s fair to call me a traitor but it’s an opinion. I will never talk bad about any ex-Liverpool players or staff. I think “traitor” makes no sense. I played three very good seasons there, left massive money there, lots of goals, good performances. I helped the sale process as well.
‘I understand they will be angry and won’t understand my decision. I am a fan of Atletico Madrid and, when some of the top players left, I didn’t understand it but I understood they did the best for themselves and their families and their careers.
‘I’m sure Liverpool fans will eventually see what I did and think in a different way. Football is like this. From one day to another, people love you and then hate you. I’m very happy with everything I did there. I had to think about my career. It’s a step forward, everyone agrees. When I had the chance to join Chelsea, I couldn’t say no.
‘Sometimes in life there are trains that come your way only once. You have to take that train. I know the plans, the ambitions for the future. I want to be involved in that future, building a great team, fighting to be the biggest club in England and the best in Europe.
‘Most of my Spain team-mates have won all the trophies in the past two years and I would like to do the same thing.’
Torres claimed his desire to leave Liverpool grew with the exit of top players like Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano and the disruption behind the scenes which has delayed the club’s hopes of revival.
It also emerged last night that Manchester City tried to sign him last summer. ‘I never lost my ambition,’ said the 26-year-old, hitting back at those who have criticised his performances this season.
‘We have more possibilities to close this,’ said Ancelotti. ‘We have more power, ability, strength, experience. It won’t be easy because 10 points is not easy to close up but we will try. The team is in good condition.’
The Chelsea manager said the only reason to leave Torres out against Liverpool tomorrow would be on the consideration that he has not had much time to train with his team-mates.
‘We bought Fernando obviously because we want him to play for us,’ said Ancelotti. ‘Not just this game. There are a lot of games in his future and he will score a lot of goals.
‘Fernando has trained only three times this week. It would not be an emotional decision. He doesn’t have a problem playing against Liverpool. He has the knowledge to manage with this kind of game.
‘The only reason, for me, is that he’s only been training with his new team-mates for three days. Just this. Maybe he can start. It depends how I sleep.’