Fernando Torres finally ended his Premier League goal drought on Saturday afternoon, in a performance displaying a verve and intent unseen from the Chelsea striker for some time.
The last of the Spaniard's goals in the league came against Swansea City some six months ago, and his weekend strike against Aston Villa was a latest instalment in a recent resurgence for Torres.
His match-winning performance - in which he scored twice - against Leicester City in the FA Cup in mid-March suggested he was beginning to recapture his form of old, and a fine display at Villa Park has provided further evidence this may indeed be the case.
Not only did he find the net - finishing off a pass from Daniel Sturridge with real aplomb - but Torres also registered two assists, and provided Juan Mata with a glorious chance to score in a 4-2 win for Chelsea.
Branislav Ivanovic was the beneficiary of each of 28-year-old's assists, and the Serbian was quick to thank the former Liverpool striker.
"Fernando had a great performance, he played for the team and he is getting better and better," Ivanovic told the official Chelsea website.
"The goal was a just reward for him and I told him thank you for the two assists. Everyone here knows what he is like as a player. He is not playing just for himself and it is a pleasure to play with him. He will be for the future one of the most important players in our club."
Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was also pleased with the performance of his centre-forward.
"Fernando has been providing goals for others and now he has scored as well," he said after the game. "It was a tremendous goal."
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