The Ivory Coast international left Stamford Bridge to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in the summer, with the at-times inconsistent Spaniard now the Blues’ number one choice in attack.
Despite the achievements of the outgoing African, Torres feels that he is ready to step up to the mantle of replacing Drogba.
“Didier is not here anymore, so there is more responsibility for me and I’m ready for the challenge,” Sky Sports report the Spain international as saying.
“Now, I am looking for new personal targets, like getting as many goals as possible – hopefully more than in my best season at Liverpool.”
Torres went on to state that Roberto Di Matteo’s men were eager to achieve success on all fronts this term.
“I think all the fans are excited about the Premier League again, after a couple of years of not winning the trophy.
“So the Premier League is a big target and maybe we can become the first team to win two Champions Leagues in a row.
“I think it’s a good time – especially for me – to give something back to the fans,” Torres commented.
Chelsea start their Champions League defence against Italian side Juventus on Wednesday.
By Gareth McKnight