Fernando Torres was the toast of Stamford Bridge following yesterday's impressive 5-2 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Leicester City.
The 27-year-old Spaniard marked a sensational return to form by scoring two, and playing a part in each of Chelsea's three other goals in Sunday's memorable win.
Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech, who looked on in admiration from the opposite end of the pitch, said Torres got his just rewards for all the hard work and effort he has been putting in behind the scenes, and emphasised just how good the general feeling is in west London at the moment.
"It has been a great week," he told the club's official website. "On Wednesday we managed to put ourselves through to the next round of the Champions League and we didn't want to make any mistakes on Sunday against a side with ambitions to be a Premier League side next season.
"We did well, we scored five goals and Fernando was absolutely outstanding. It was a good win, a very entertaining cup tie and very enjoyable to be on the pitch.
"Fernando has been doing really well but he was just unlucky not to be scoring goals. He has a lot of assists, he has been working hard for the team and it was great to see him get his reward.
"He must be delighted because as a striker you think of goals and on Sunday he scored two and it is great for his confidence. We need him because now we have another massive two games coming up and it would be great if he scores."
Torres reiterated Cech's belief that the impressive brace should help work wonders for his confidence, and the Chelsea striker is now looking to build on that form during the end of season run-in, as the club bids to finish the 2011-12 campaign on a high.
"I needed those goals and I have been working so hard to get those goals," he explained. "In the last month the team has been much better than before, we're more committed and I think we have shown in the last couple of games which way our season is going.
"I'm feeling much better. I was playing good but didn't score the goals but I could find the back of the net in this game so it was a good day for me.
"The most important thing is we are creating more chances than before, and when we create more chances we are going to score goals and we haven't conceded too many. We were maybe too relaxed at the end of the game so we conceded two goals but we are much better defensively, and if you don't concede goals you can win games.
"The job of a striker is to score goals and if you don't do it the people think that you are playing bad, but the main thing is the support of the people and they were always with me, as were my team-mates and the staff.
"I feel the confidence of the manager now and it is a good time for me and Chelsea, and we are in the last two months of the season when the more important games are coming."
Chelsea have been drawn to face either Tottenham or Bolton in the FA Cup semi-final, and also have a two legged Champions League quarter-final clash with Benfica to look forward to in the coming weeks.
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