Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted that competition for places in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up is fierce, but fair.
The Spain international played his first full 90 minutes of the season as the Blues secured a 2-0 victory over Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup at the County Ground on Tuesday.
Torres made good use of his time on the field, scoring the opening goal, and after the game he was full of praise for the much-changed starting line-up that he was a part of.
"It was good minutes for the players who have not been involved in the last matches, so everyone is happy to be involved in the line-up and it is one more step forward," he told his club's official website.
"It was very tough because always in the cup when you play away against teams in the lower divisions they show what football is about - the passion and the intensity when playing against a top team."
Torres then went on to recognise the depth and the resultant battles for places in the Portuguese coach's first team.
"We have 25 very good players in the squad and it is difficult to play in this great team, but we are fighting for the positions," he said.
"It is the manager's decision so to keep working hard is the only chance to start all the games.
"We know the season is long, we will have the chance to play important games."