Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez observed that "we are watching a Fernando Torres with more confidence" after the striker's double against Sunderland took his goal tally to four in as many days.
The 50 million pound forward has struggled to find his best form since moving to Stamford Bridge but has struck against Nordsjaelland and the Black Cats since being reunited with the former Liverpool boss.
The Spaniard opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light with a fine finish on the counterattack before stepping up for a penalty just before halftime.
"The team played well and created chances for Torres to score goals, especially in the first half," Benitez told reporters after the match. "We showed the character and the quality we have, that we can create chances and Fernando can score goals.
"We are winning, the team is training really well. You can see with more confidence the things they can do.
"Fernando is one of these players; he knows what I want from him and the rest of the team know each other really well so, when we do things well, we get more confidence and, when we have that, with the quality we have, we will win more games.
"For me the positive is he had the confidence [to take the penalty]. We have three penalty takers and it depends on the moment - the players decide.
"It's fair to say we are watching a Fernando with more confidence; he has more belief and, in the same time, the team as well. I felt it was a question of confidence and a little change in his movement. I would like to see him scoring goals every game.
Despite taking an early lead, the away support once again sang for the recently sacked Roberto Di Matteo in the 16th minute.
"I think the fans know I will keep working hard," Benitez remarked of the Blues fans. "Today I am really pleased because, when you play so far away and there are a lot of fans here, it is important to win so they can go back and enjoy it."
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