Fernando Torres

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is singing the praises of his 29-year-old Spanish striker Fernando Torres even though he did pick up a red card in the Blues match against Tottenham at the weekend.

Torres has had more than his fair share of critics since moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in 2011 for a whopping £50 million, and his inclusion in Mourinho’s Chelsea side looked up in the air before his display on Saturday with Mourinho saying: “Fernando is very strong physically, I think he’s living a very good moment. I was watching Fernando’s matches for Chelsea in other seasons and it looked to me, a bit heavy, a little slow. Fernando now looks in fantastic shape.

“He played a very good game. He knows what I think, I don’t have to tell him. He knows I’m very happy with his performances. He knows already.”

Torres’s teammate Frank Lampard backed the Spanish international and is certain that the goals will come.

“Goals will come for the strikers,” he said. “They might go and score 20 goals between them in the next 10 games. The way Fernando played, with his presence, he will score goals and create goals for others.”