Chelsea midfielder Ramires has heaped praise on teammate Fernando Torres, claiming that the Spaniard is currently making the difference at Stamford Bridge.
Torres has scored three goals in his last two matches and looks revitalised under new coach Jose Mourinho.
The 29-year-old has endured plenty of difficult moments since completing his £50m move to Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011, but Ramires is delighted to see the Spain international back on top form.
“There's no denying that Torres is making a difference in our favour and we are very happy about it," Ramires told Lancenet. "He went through moments of difficulty here, but he always continued to train hard and treat people equally. He deserves all the praise possible.
"We expect there to be better things. With everyone playing their best we will become even stronger.”
Torres netted his first Premier League goal of the season in the dying minutes of Chelsea's dramatic 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday, while five days earlier he netted twice in a convincing 3-0 away victory away at Schalke in the Champions League.
Last season he bagged an impressive 22 goals in 64 appearances, although only eight of those goals came in the Premier League.
He will need to improve his Premier League goals-to-games ratio in order to retain his place in the Blues' starting line-up, but the early signs have been encouraging for Mourinho and Chelsea.
(Quotes translated by Sport Witness)