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Mata: Fernando Torres can find best form

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Juan Mata is insistent that striker Fernando Torres will return to his very best goalscoring form.

Torres has yet to justify his £50 million price tag since making the move from Liverpool last January, having scored just five times for the Blues in 13 months.

Recent weeks have seen the Spaniard become more of an influence, and his fellow countryman, who netted a stunning volley from Torres' cross against Manchester United in Sunday’s 3-3 draw, believes his best form is just around the corner.

"Torres is good, calm and training and playing very well," the winger said.

"I know everyone talks about his goals [record] but I know he's going to [score more].

"He has provided many assists this season and he is certainly going to change those assists into goals."

The 27-year-old passed up a wonderful opportunity to secure all three points for the Blues, at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, opting against a shoot when clean through against the reigning champions.

It was a decision he was left to rue, as United pegged Andre Villas-Boas' side back late on.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Mata has reveled in a excellent start to his Premier League career, netting eight goals since his summer move from Valencia.

"I am very pleased and happy with this first season in London," he said. "I am learning quickly and adapting to the football."

The draw keeps Chelsea very much the favourites to claim the fourth Champions League spot, as they lead fifth placed Newcastle United by a point, Arsenal by three and Liverpool by four with only 14 games remaining.

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