Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres has swatted away fears over his form since his £50million switch from Liverpool, vowing to end his goal drought in the new season.
Torres, who scored once in 18 appearances in a miserable four months last season, remains a concern for Chelsea after failing to find the target in the club's two Asian tour outings ahead of their Premier League start on 14 August.
But speaking to reporters in Hong Kong, where Chelsea end their tour this week with two further fixtures, Torres hit back at his doubters. "I'm 27. Don't worry I don't forget to score goals... I will score," said the FIFA World Cup™-winning Spain international.
"It's going to be a big season. My form is OK, it's time to be fit and ready. We're trying to get into the best form. We have got big expectations and I can see the winning mentality we have [at Chelsea]."
Terry backs team-mate
Chelsea captain John Terry defended his under-fire team-mate. "Naturally there's a bit of pressure on him. But that's why you want the best strikers in the world because they can deal with it," the centre-back said.
Terry said the Spaniard's relatively poor form last season was due to an injury that he picked up during Spain's victorious FIFA World Cup campaign in South Africa, but added that he has enjoyed a better pre-season this year. "He is looking sharp in training," Terry revealed. "He is hungry as well."
Manager Andre Villas-Boas also attempted to deflect criticism from the Spanish striker. He has yet to pair Torres with Didier Drogba on the tour, and there is likely to be only one slot up front in Chelsea's typical 4-3-3 formation, with Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge also competing for that position.
"We are focusing a lot on one player - for us it is not focusing only on one player," Villas-Boas said. "We are trying to create relationships between the players so they can perform better as a group."