Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says the club's players never doubted Fernando Torres' ability to return to his old self.

The Spaniard scored once in his 18 games for the Blues following his January transfer window move from Liverpool, but has recently re-found his scoring touch, finding the net four times in as many games for the club.

Although he'll miss the trip to Queens Park Rangers this weekend, Torres' league return will coincide with the visit of Arsenal, and following his double against Genk on Wednesday, Ivanovic is glad the striker has left something in the locker.

"He worked very hard in training and this is a result of how he is working. We're looking for him to be better and better," Ivanovic said.

"We know inside the team we never questioned Fernando, it is a normal thing that players need time when they change clubs. Now everything is perfect and we're looking forward for this.

 

"For me it's enough he scored two goals [against Genk] and can save something for the other games."

Without Torres, Chelsea face a tough prospect in the form of QPR, for the first west-London league derby of the season, opposition that despite being newly promoted, Ivanovic says won't be taken lightly.

"We have to focus on our game, we have a very difficult game against QPR, a very big derby and it's very important for the fans and for the players. We expect a hard game," he added.

"The season is long, this could be an important game but we have to focus on ourselves and look to win that game against QPR. We know how it will be and we have to be ready to fight for every ball."

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