Chelsea FC striker Fernando Torres, who has won a World Cup, two European Championships and the UEFA Champions League, is eager to add the Club World Cup to his trophy cabinet. The 28-year-old believes the competition to be just as valuable as the gold medal he collected when Spain won the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Chelsea plays in the Club World Cup semifinal on Thursday (Fox Soccer, 5:30 am ET) against Mexican club Monterrey, which won the 2012 Concacaf Champions League.
Torres said he realized the significance of the tournament, which is often overlooked in England, when teammate David Luiz showed him a video of fans of South American champion Corinthians cheering their team at the airport.
"In Europe, maybe we don't give [The Club World Cup] as much attention, and to some people it might not mean much, but to me it does,” Torres said. “So this is not a holiday or a break, this is a World Cup. It's nice to be involved, and maybe to be able to say you are a world champion. The European Super Cup was just as important to us and we lost, so we don't want that disappointment again."
Torres, who has four goals in his last two games, admitted that winning the competition wouldn’t make up for the club’s Champions League failure this season, as “they are different things.”