Belfast Telegraph

Torres heaps praise on Hazard

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says it is a privilege to play in the same team as the likes of new Stamford Bridge favourite Eden Hazard.

Both Torres and Hazard had outstanding games in the 2-0 win over Newcastle.

"A player like him (Hazard) can make a difference," he said. "It is a privilege for a striker to have a player like him or Eden or Juan (Mata), Oscar or Lamps (Frank Lampard) behind you," he told ChelseaTV.

The 28-year-old Torres won the Blues a penalty that was converted by Hazard who then teed up the Spaniard for the second goal with a clever back-heel.

Torres has struggled for goals since his £50million move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge but a change in mentality, plus the additions made over the summer, means he is now in a better position to find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

Chelsea lifted the FA Cup and Champions League last season under Roberto Di Matteo playing with a somewhat defensive set-up but with Hazard, Marko Marin, Oscar and Victor Moses all being added to the squad a more attacking philosophy has now been adopted and Torres is pleased to be a part of it.

"We have showed to everyone how strong we are when we have to defend like we did last season but we have another way to play as well - I think it is important a big team to have different kinds of ways to play," he added.

"We are enjoying ourselves, I think we are having a really good start to the season and everyone can see from the stands we are enjoying it and I think the fans are enjoying it too."

Torres was obviously happy to score but believes the victory, which saw Chelsea return to the top of the Barclays Premier League with three successive wins, is more important.

"Two nil at the end is the main thing, you helped the team by scoring and winning the penalty for Eden and that is good," he added. "Always the striker has to score and I have said many times it was one of the things I wanted to improve and I have done so far this season."

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