Torres stars in Chelsea rout

Fernando Torres scored a brace in a man-of-the-match performance for Chelsea, as the Premier League side hammered Genk 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Two goals in the first half from the Spain international and strikes from Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic gave the Stamford Bridge club a commanding half-time advantage, with Salomon Kalou sealing the victory in style with a fifth goal in the second period.

The win moves Andre Villas Boas’ men to the top of Group E, and the Portuguese coach was pleased with his team’s display.

“I think it was a very, very good display by the team, very focused as we spoke before and this is decisive when you play a game like this,” the manager told Sky Sports.

“We felt confident from the beginning but we needed to stay focused and get the result straight away and this happened in the first 25 minutes. This gave us a bit more stability and eventually we managed to play good football to bring a good result.

“They kept going through the first half fantastically well, keeping the rhythm high. It was a good result and puts us in a good position going into the Genk game away. If we get 10 points it will be very, very good,” he stated.

Torres looked back to his best in grabbing his first goals in Europe for the London side, but despite a good individual performance, Villas Boas was more interested in the collective showing.

“This isn’t about individual objectives but team objectives and the most important thing was to win.

“Every player wants to play when he is out for a long period, it was important for him to play for the Spain national team so he has been keeping his form well and he eventually returned to the team today and got into goal scoring positions,” he concluded.

Chelsea are back to domestic commitments on Sunday, as they travel to take on London rivals QPR at Loftus Road.

The fixture will have added importance as the Manchester clubs go head-to-head, and Villas Boas will look to shorten the gap on his title rivals.

By Gareth McKnight
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