Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has urged the club to continue its fine form heading into a week where good showings in the Premier League against Newcastle and in the FA Cup final against Liverpool can define the season.
The Spanish international struck a superb hat trick, his first for the club, against QPR on Sunday, following his last-gasp goal against Barcelona to cement his side’s progression to the Champions League final.
With qualification to next season’s competition not secured following a largely disappointing league campaign, the striker is aware that three points against Alan Pardew’s side on Wednesday and a victory on Saturday at Wembley would go a long way to signalling a successful season.
"Two finals and a massive game against Newcastle in three days," Torres told the BBC. "We need to win."
The FA Cup represents Torres' first opportunity to win a piece of silverware since his 50 million pound move from Liverpool in Jan. 2010, but the forward has banished all thoughts of sentiment towards his former side and is confident of a positive result.
"We will be closer to reaching the top four and, of course, if we win this game, we will approach the game against Liverpool in the FA Cup final with more motivation,” he added. "So, it can be a great week."