Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says he is striving to improve his fitness because he is currently lagging behind many of his team-mates.
The Spain international says the extra time-off he and five team-mates were given after competing in the Confederations Cup has left them all fighting for first-team spots with players who are currently in much better shape.
That means the former Liverpool man is now doing intensive work to build his fitness levels as the new campaign looms.
He told Chelsea’s website: “Some of us are behind but we are trying to get fit as soon as possible.
“It’s difficult for us guys from the Confederations Cup to fit into the team now because the other guys have had 22 days more than us.
“In pre-season that’s a huge difference and you can see they are much fitter than us, so we have to work even harder to fit in because the season is right there, in two weeks’ time.
“We have to be ready for that and we know how important it is to start well.”
Torres also revealed that, even on his holidays, he couldn’t resist checking on the latest transfer news to see who was arriving at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “You enjoy your holidays and rest, but I was also looking at the website to see how Chelsea were doing, following the games in Asia, seeing about the new signings, and it’s nice to be back and part of the team now, with a new manager and some new players.”