Belfast Telegraph

Ivanovic happy as Torres improves

Defender Branislav Ivanovic believes Fernando Torres' return to form has created a feelgood factor at Chelsea as they aim to end a difficult season with two trophies.

Torres ended his six-month goal drought in the Barclays Premier League when he netted in stoppage time to seal a 4-2 success at Aston Villa on Saturday and the Spaniard has been at the heart of Chelsea's best moments as they have been transformed under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo.

"It was an important goal for him. Fernando has been going well and playing well all over the pitch," he said.

"He's been doing everything for the team and I think he deserved that goal. He is a great player. Of course he has felt the pressure and so it was important for us to support him.

"We know how good he is. We've seen that every day in training. But at the same time, for him to score a goal was very important.

"But for us, we know how much he has given us. He doesn't just play for himself but he plays for the team.

"After the game, he didn't really say anything. But I went up to him and said: 'Thank you for the two assists!'"


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