CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho praised the professionalism of Fernando Torres after the striker marked his 100th Blues start with a brace in Germany last night.
The Spain striker, who Chelsea paid Liverpool £50m to sign in 2011, has often found goals hard to come by during an indifferent period at Stamford Bridge, particularly in the Premier League.
But Torres showed shades of his best form to help down Schalke and Mourinho believes that was just reward for his flawless attitude.
“He’s a hard worker,” said Mourinho. “It was a surprise for me. He’s not a guy who hides behind his statues or his transfer fee, even when he’s not performing very well which happened a couple of times after he arrived at Chelsea.
“He always kept professional and always positive. Sometimes he scores goals but he plays always with respect and trust.”
Torres opened the scoring on five minutes when he headed in Frank Lampard’s corner and doubled the lead on 68 minutes after rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into the empty net following Eden Hazard’s breakaway.
And the points were wrapped up on 87 minutes when Hazard latched onto Ramires’s lofted pass, burst forwards and fired in a low left foot shot across goal.
“I told the players after the Basel game we did garbage and we have to clean it,” added Mourinho. We did it in the best possible way.
“We have two matches at home. We’re in a good position to qualify and think about finishing first.”