Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has thanked his Spanish teammates for helping him through the tough times. Spaniard Fernando Torres has been in extremely poor form for the national team and the club in the last two seasons. He has not managed to score one goal for the international team in the last two years.

However, he managed to bring an end to the spectacular goal drought he has experienced by scoring the opening goal in the 4-0 rout of the Republic of Ireland in the second group game for Spain at the Euro 2012. The very quick opening goal also helped Spain settle to the regular passing game.

After the match, Fernando Torres has said that he is extremely thankful of the team mates both at the international level and also at the club level for helping him return to form.

Torres has had a tough time ever since completing his £ 50 million move to Chelsea in January 2011. He has been widely touted as the biggest flop in world football, but the 28-year-old has been showing signs of life in recent months. He helped Chelsea lift their first ever Champions League title, according to the Chelsea newswebsite, while he has boosted the chances of Spain qualifying for the quarter-finals with his brace against the Republic of Ireland.

“When things were going badly with Chelsea this season there wasn’t a weekend when I didn’t get a text or a phonecall from one of the lads in the Spain group just giving me support or encouragement. This is a strong group, with big mentalities and leaders. We’ve been through some hard moments and know we can trust each other. When times are good for a footballer the number of people who want to phone you for one reason or other is too big,” said Torres after the match.