Torres hoping his Capital exploits caught the eye of Mourinho
Fernando Torres hopes his performance in the 2-0 win over Swindon Town in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie will convince boss Jose Mourinho to make him the first-choice striker.
Torres scored the Blues’ first goal and then set-up Ramires’ second as the Barclays Premier League side coasted into the fourth round.
The Spain international has been relegated behind summer signing Samuel Eto’o in Chelsea’s past three matches, but showed enough to suggest he could be included from the start against Tottenham at the weekend.
“Hopefully I will have more opportunities to play in the Premier League,” He told Sky Sports 2. “The season is long and we have time to play important games.
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“We will all be involved. We are in the manager’s plans. We have 25 players squad in the squad and it is difficult to play in this great team.”
Torres was joined by the likes of Juan Mata, Michael Essien and David Luiz in the starting XI after being overlooked in recent games.
While Mata did not produce the performance to suggest he might displace Oscar as Mourinho’s preferred number ten, Essien and Luiz did impress.
“We know the cups are important and to win away against teams in the lower divisions is difficult,” Torres said.
Elsewhere, Tottenham and Manchester City amassed nine goals between them as they powered into the fourth round with easy victories.
Spurs thumped Barclays Premier League rivals Aston Villa 4-0 in the Midlands with Jermain Defoe scoring twice and Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also hitting the target.
City continued where they left off in Sunday’s 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United by putting Wigan to the sword. Stevan Jovetic was on target twice, scoring his first goals for the club, while Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas also weighed in with goals in the 5-0 rout.
Fulham fought back from 1-0 down to overcome Everton 2-1 with Darren Bent hitting a 69th-minute winner after Dimitar Berbatov had cancelled out Steven Naismith’s opener.
Sunderland made an emphatic start to life without sacked manager Paolo Di Canio by dispatching Peterborough 2-0 with strikes from Emanuele Giaccherini and Valentin Roberge.
Cardiff staged their own fightback after trailing 2-0 to West Ham, only for Sam Allardyce’s side to finish 3-2 winners through a late header by Ricardo Vaz Te.
Ravel Morrison and Matthew Jarvis fired the Hammers ahead and Cardiff responded through Craig Noone and Peter Odemwingie, only to have their hearts broken by Vaz Te.
Danny Ings nodded in Burnley’s winner in a 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest having already hauled his side back into contention with the equaliser of Matt Derbyshire’s opener.
There were few fireworks at the KC Stadium where Hull’s Nick Proschwitz produced the only goal against Huddersfield and he should have had a second.
Derby slumped to their first away defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Leicester despite taking the lead through Chris Martin.
Anthony Knockaert and Danny Drinkwater were on target to ensure Leicester progressed into the last 16.
Gaston Ramirez and Jos Hooiveld ensured Southampton progressed in a 2-0 victory over Bristol City, but Saints were made to work for their place in the next round.