Torres eyes dream fulfilment

Blues ace aims to fulfil boyhood dream and lift Champions League

Fernando Torres: Flying high on confidence under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says winning the UEFA Champions League would be a 'dream come true' and fulfil a boyhood goal.

"I never really thought about winning the World Cup as I thought it was impossible, but now I have achieved that and I know what it feels like, so to win the Champions League would be a dream come true."

Fernando Torres

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The striker has tasted both World Cup and European Championship glory with Spain in the last four years.

But the 28-year-old, who completed a record-breaking £50million move to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool almost 15 months ago, has revealed he thought more about the Champions League as a child.

The striker, whose side face Barcelona in their semi-final first-leg on Wednesday, told the club's official website: "I know the ambitions this club have in terms of winning the Champions League, but it's the same as what I have myself. It's something I dreamt about as a youngster growing up.

"I never really thought about winning the World Cup as I thought it was impossible, but now I have achieved that and I know what it feels like, so to win the Champions League would be a dream come true.

"It was the only trophy I wanted as a kid, to hold it in my arms, and if we do manage to win it, I'm sure it will be one of the greatest moments of my life."

Look forward

Torres, who ended last season empty handed after his move south looked to have backfired, also has an FA Cup final against former club Liverpool to look forward to.

He added: "There isn't one single club in the world that can guarantee trophies, but top teams like Chelsea are always fighting for them, so now it's time to be patient, build a great team and it's good for me to be involved with such a good side, like the one we have now.

"There's still one month left in the season, we're in the final of the FA Cup, the semi-finals of the Champions League and this is what I want.

"Whether you win or not, that is down to football, but we are there and that's the main thing."

Torres was in danger of being branded the most expensive flop in football history before Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Chelsea manager six weeks ago.

He finally ended a run of more than 1,000 minutes without scoring under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo and has begun to look the player that was once feted as the greatest striker on the planet.

Selection dilemma

Di Matteo's biggest selection dilemma ahead of Wednesday's game is whether to start with Torres or Didier Drogba.

Torres, who scored seven goals in 10 games against Barcelona whilst at Atletico Madrid, added: "I have a good record against Barcelona.

"They are the type of team you have to defend well against and play on the counter-attack, which is the type of game I enjoy.

"When I was at Atletico Madrid, we won at the Camp Nou two or three times. I certainly don't feel as if I have anything to prove against Spanish opposition."

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