Chelsea's in-form strikers boosting team confidence – says Cech

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has pinpointed the goalscoring exploits of teammates Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres as the catalyst for the Blues' recent turnaround in form, reports The London Evening Standard.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho faces a selection predicament ahead of the key Premier League clash with Manchester City this weekend, with both men producing impressive displays in their previous outings.

Eto'o became the first Chelsea striker to score in the English top-flight this season with a well-taken finish against Cardiff last Saturday, while Torres silenced his critics yet again with a clinical brace in last night's Champions League trip to Schalke.

The misfiring forwards at the west London club have endured scathing criticism this campaign, but Cech feels their recent form will set his teammates well and truly on the road to redemption.

“What was so great to see is that the strikers were under a lot of pressure from everyone because they were not scoring and it has all changed in these last two games," said the 'keeper.

“We were saying it doesn’t matter as long as the team are winning but suddenly you see Samuel get his first one, which was an important one to put us 2-1 up against Cardiff. Now Fernando has scored two more, so it’s fantastic."

Focusing on the Premier League goal-shy Spaniard, the Czech international insists his vital goals in European competition have done wonders for morale within the squad.

“It’s great for everyone’s confidence if the team play well and score — goals are also what you need as a striker. Fernando deserved a hat-trick because he played so well, took his goals very well and was unlucky to hit the crossbar," Cech said.

“As hard as he’s found it to score in the League, he keeps scoring in Europe. He scored very important goals when we won the Champions League (in 2012) and the Europa League (in 2013).”

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