Petr Cech believes Chelsea are starting to see a return on the club-record transfer fee paid for £50million front man Fernando Torres, after the Spanish striker tormented defenders in the Blues' Barclays Premier League opener at the weekend.
Torres struggled to find his form in the second half of last season following his January arrival at Stamford Bridge, and with just one goal in 18 Chelsea appearances, caused many to question his credentials.
However, with a full pre-season under his belt, Torres looks to be in much better shape, after turning in an impressive performance at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday - something that bodes well for Chelsea moving forward, according to Cech.
"It has made a huge difference that he had a pre-season with us," he said. "Sometimes when you come for such a huge amount of money to a different team and city everything changes and there is a lot of pressure.
"He had some injuries last season and it was not the ideal situation for him but you could see he was settling well every week.
"Now he has got to know the players and the way that we play."
Although he failed to get on the scoresheet for the Blues, and help deliver three points for Andre Villas-Boas in his first game in charge, Torres issued a statement of intent with his sharp and dangerous showing.
"He had a really good game against Stoke and he deserved to get a goal," Cech continued. "He was close on a few occasions, he created space and chances for the others.
"I thought Fernando was brilliant up front and it was just a pity we did not convert our chances. It was great to see."