Fernando Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is confident he has rejuvenated his career by learning lessons from last season's disappointment at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard started only 20 league games last term and managed only 12 goals from 67 appearances in all competitions for the Blues till last season. However, manager Roberto Di Matteo chose not to replace talismanic striker Didier Drogba, who joined Shanghai Shenhua in the summer, giving Torres a massive morale boost and more first-team chances. The 28 year old has started all five games for the European champions this season, scoring thrice.

"I learned so much about myself last season and feel better for that experience now. I'm playing much more for my club and you can see that I'm starting to score more goals and play better," ESPN quoted Torres as saying.

"I am a different type of striker than in the past. I created a lot of chances for my team-mates last season and it means my game is more complete at this point in my career. To play in a new Chelsea team and still have something to aim for with Spain is exciting for me," the 28 year old added.

Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011 January for £50m, also expressed his delight at winning his 100th cap for Spain, when La Roja beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in a friendly at Pontevedra.

Fernando Torres

"It's a day I'm never going to forget. The number of players reaching the 100 club says a lot about the national team in recent years and, fortunately, there are many players who will pass 100 games, and younger ones like Cesc (Fabregas) and Ramos. We need to be proud about that, it's a team that's been together many years and that makes it is easier to achieve things. I think it's a privilege to be here with these companions," Sky Sports quoted the striker.

Torres, who won the Golden Boot at Euro 2012, added the Champions League and FA Cup winner's medals to his trophy cabinet last summer.