Lampard makes Torres tribute

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has paid tribute to Fernando Torres after the Spanish striker broke his goal drought with the club.

The £50 million January signing came off the bench to score the Blues' second goal in the 3-0 win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge, with joyous scenes following both on the pitch and in the stands.

Lampard scored the opener on the stroke of half-time, and after Torres replaced Didier Drogba he struck in the 84th minute. Florent Malouda wrapped up the points for Chelsea in injury-time, keeping the gap behind Manchester United at six points.

It's Torres who has stolen the headlines with his goal though, his first in 14 appearances for the club and over 900 minutes at both domestic and international level in all competitions.

"A world-class striker comes with a massive price tag. Everyone is looking at him and he hasn’t scored yet but today he broke that," Lampard told talkSPORT post-match.

“You can’t change quality and you can’t change a world-class player. We’ve seen it with him in his career and nothing changes."


With a plethora of strikers at Carlo Ancelotti's disposal, Torres hasn't been an automatic starter for Chelsea despite the big fee paid to bring him to London from Liverpool.

However, Lampard was also keen to note that the former Atletico Madrid's attitude has been professional and now expects the striker to find great form with the club.

“He’s a quiet lad, he’s not opened his mouth. If he’s been on the bench he’s come on and not said anything.

“It was always going to be a matter of time and I think now you’re going to see him fly whether it be the last few games of this season or next season.”

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