We must do whatever it takes! Torres sounds rallying cry ahead of Barca clash
09:35 GMT, 24 April 2012
Fernando Torres insists Chelsea are ready to fight their way to the Champions League final – and make sure they don't miss out on a place at Europe's top table next season.
The Blues will defend a 1-0 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
And with Roberto Di Matteo's side currently lying outside the Premier League top four, victory in the final next month could be Chelsea's only route back into the competition.
Getting stuck in: Fernando Torres (second right) has called on Chelsea to fight for the cause
'It would be a catastrophe to miss out on the Champions League and we must be prepared to do anything to achieve this,' Torres told uefa.com.
'It doesn’t matter who plays, who scores, who gives the assists and who stays out. The important thing is that we are successful.
'This team has slightly changed the way I play, because of their style. For me the most important thing is to score goals – that’s what I practice every day – but we all know this season has been tough and the team is the most important thing.'
Meanwhile Torres, who is set to benched at the Nou Camp, has hailed the influence of interim boss Di Matteo, who has rescued the Blues’ season with 10 wins and just one defeat in 14 matches.
Torres added: 'His message is clearly aimed at team spirit – fighting. You have to fight and then your talent will come through afterwards.
Big night: Chelsea will defend a narrow lead against Barcelona in the second leg of their semi final
'When all of that comes together, you’ll overtake your opponent most of the time. But everybody understands what he wants – it is all for the club. He came from this club, he played here, so he is from here.'
Chelsea will hope to take advantage of a Barcelona side that has lost two games in a row following their El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday.
The Catalan giants are bidding to become the first side to successfully defend the Champions Leaue trophy and Torres is aware of the task facing the visiting side.
Chelsea managed to eek out a victory
last week despite rarely seeing the ball and mustering just one shot on
goal, which Didier Drogba converted.
Slump Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side have lost to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the last week
Barcelona enjoyed more than 70 per cent of possession but were unable to find a way past Petr Cech.
'It’s clear that Barcelona are a step ahead of all other clubs,' Torres added.
They have reached the last five semi-finals, and that’s not easy at all, but this is football: the best team doesn’t always win. Xavi and Iniesta are players who dictate the rhythm of the game. When you play against them, you need to know that they are guiding the game.
'Many teams who play Barcelona think that you have to steal the ball from them, but I don’t think that’s possible. You have to use different weapons against them. If you want to steal the ball, you won’t manage it and you’ll get tired, and then create more space for your opponent.'