Chelsea’s Fernando Torres ‘disappointed’ at sending off
Chelsea striker says he hopes red card will be his last after being sent off during 4-1 victory over Swansea
Fernando Torres has admitted his disappointment at being sent off during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Spain striker netted his second goal in two games with a well-taken finish after being found by Juan Mata’s pass in the 29th minute ““ but was then shown a straight red card by referee Mike Dean for a dangerous challenge on Mark Gower five minutes before half-time.
“It is the first time I have received a red card in the Premier League, hopefully the last one,” Torres told Chelsea TV. “I am really disappointed because the team had to play with 10 men for a lot of time.
“I know it was late and I tried to take away my legs but I arrived late to the ball and I caught him a little bit, it’s a pity.”
He added: “After the first goal we had more confidence and it was going well. The play for the second goal was really good, Ashley [Cole] passed to me, and I read his run and after he passed to Ramires and it was a great finish. We were in control.”
Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m in January, also took time to thank Chelsea fans for their unconditional support during a “very difficult” first six months at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s something that impressed me from the first day,” he continued. “When you’re doing great and scoring goals from the first day it’s easy for the fans to love you.
“The first six months for me have been very, very difficult but I have always felt the support of the fans, not just now when things are going right. It’s nice to start scoring for them.”