Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has hailed the FIFA Club World Cup as one of the biggest tournaments in in football.
The Premier League side will take on Mexican giants Monterrey in the semi-final on Thursday, with the winner facing either Al-Ahly or Corinthians for the trophy at the weekend.
Torres is keen to claim the prize after their disappointing loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup:
“In Europe maybe we don’t give it as much attention, and to some people it might not mean much, but to me it does, so this is not a holiday or a break, this is a World Cup,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“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.”
The 28-year-old also believes that success will not make up for their recent Champions League success, but will be a great achievement:
“It wouldn’t make up for the Champions League, they are different things,
“It was a dream to win it last season and we wanted to do it again this time to be the first team to do two in a row, and it’s a big disappointment to go out in the group stage.
“But now we must forget the Champions League, because we are out, and focus on this instead.”
English sides have enjoyed some success since the competition, with Manchester United winning in 2008 and Liverpool finishing as runners-up three years pervious.