Cahill hails 'main man' Torres

Blues defender hopes striker can help keep the team at the top

Fernando Torres: Set for added responsibility this year at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is hoping for big things from Fernando Torres as he eyes a title challenge from the Blues.

Cahill and Torres were both on target in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Reading at Stamford Bridge that took Roberto Di Matteo's men to the top of the Premier League.

Torres, in particular, appears to be sharp after winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2012 and Cahill thinks the departure of Didier Drogba could see the Spaniard come to the fore this season.

Cahill said: "Maybe he will relish being the main man this season. He has done that at the start of the season and has been great for us.

"It is good to see him score so early in the season.

"He has dealt with pressure before and that won't be any different for him this time.

"He is the main man this year and has got off to a fantastic start.

Hard work

"Fernando has worked hard in training like he always does. Even when he doesn't score, he works hard for the side.

"To get off the mark already is great and he was scoring goals in the European Championship for Spain so he has taken that sort of form into this season."

Chelsea will need Torres in good form if they are to maintain any kind of title challenge this season having finished 25 points behind the leaders in 2011-12 as they finished a lowly sixth.

And Cahill revealed that the Blues boss has been hammering home the need to focus on a stronger league campaign this time around.

The 26-year-old England international added: "The manager stressed beforehand that we haven't been top of the league for a long time and, although it's early, it's nice to be sitting there.

"It is something we needed to address this season and it has been drilled into us.

"It's important that we challenge this year and we have made a good start."