Torres close to ending goal drought
Fernando Torres' rare interview in Chelsea's matchday programme could hardly have been more prophetic as the striker came within inches of ending his latest goal drought in their 1-0 win over Sunderland.
Frank Lampard will go down in the history books as the Blues' matchwinner but even he admitted his goal owed everything to Torres, who supplied the assist - albeit an unwitting one - in what was arguably his best Chelsea performance at Stamford Bridge.
He seemed to know what was coming beforehand, saying: "I'm hoping now I can find my best form again."
He added: "It's been a different style here for me to adapt to and I've been giving assists for my team-mates, which has helped us towards winning games.
"But obviously, as a striker, I'm always trying to score and I always want to score.
"That's what I want to do for Chelsea and, hopefully, I'll start doing it this year."
Indeed, Torres appears to have drawn a line under his nightmare 2011 as he begins 2012 knowing Didier Drogba's absence at the African Nations Cup would give him the run in the side he needs.
"It seems like a lot longer than one year since I arrived here," he added.
"It's been a very hard year, with lots of change at the club and in both my personal and professional life, but I have felt welcome here from the beginning and I feel even more settled now.
"The reception from everyone at the club, including the fans, has been unbelievable."