Chelsea boss applauds two-goal Torres

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on confident striker Fernando Torres after his impressive brace away to Schalke in their UEFA Champions League meeting last night.

The self-appointed 'Special One' handed the Spaniard his 100th start for the club in place of Samuel Eto'o on Tuesday night, despite the latter opening his account for the Blues against Cardiff last weekend.

Mourinho's decision paid dividends as Torres proved a constant thorn in the side of the Bundesliga club and deservedly marked his damaging performance with a pair of well-taken goals.

The Portuguese believes the occasion was tailor-made for the £50m man and admired the in-form striker for repaying his selection with another superb outing in Europe.

"What boosts him is the confidence he knows I have in him," Mourinho was quoted by The Metro.

"Samuel played a very good game against Cardiff [on Saturday] and scored the [crucial] goal.[But] I thought Fernando was adapted to this game. I put faith in him and he answered well.

"It’s good for him, it’s a good feeling to score goals, winning goals in the Champions League," he added.

Torres is becoming somewhat of a goalscoring specialist outside Premier League competition, with only 15 of his 39 goals for the west London club registered in the English top-flight.

Following a stunning home defeat to FC Basel on the opening night of the Champions League, Chelsea have soared to the top of Group E with two convincing victories on the road against Steaua Bucharest and Schalke.

Their next European clash will take place on November 6 when the Blues welcome Schalke to Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture of last night's match.

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