Torres grabbed his first with Chelsea already 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge and John Terry. And the £50m forward netted his second in the 25th minute, before completing his hat-trick after the break in the 64th minute.
Florent Malouda then added further gloss to the score-line with a simple finish before Djibril Cisse netted a late consolation for Mark Hughes’s visitors.
Man-of-the-match Torres was keen to stress the importance of Sunday’s win, which keeps the Blues in the hunt for a fourth-place finish and a guaranteed route into next season’s Champions League.
“It’s been a very hard week for us, very important as well with the win against Barcelona and reaching the final of the Champions League,” Torres told Sky Sports. “But we need to finish in the top four to secure our place next season so we need to win all our games, especially after the result Newcastle had yesterday [a 4-0 defeat at Wigan].
“It’s an important result and I’m very happy to get three [goals], hopefully [the hat-trick will be] the first of many.
“This season was a little bit strange. We changed the manager in the middle of the season so no one was betting for us but we knew that working as a team we could [achieve our] targets.
“Now we are in two finals and probably have the chance to finish in the top four.”
Despite rediscovering his goal scoring touch of late after a dismal start to the season, Torres feels he is not playing as well as he was during his lengthy spell without finding the net.
“It was different because I was feeling very good, very sharp and playing very well but I couldn’t score,” he continued.
“Now, to be honest, I feel I’m not playing as well as before and I’m scoring goals. [But] that’s the most important thing for a striker.”
Looking ahead to the midweek clash with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, Torres added: “It’s massive for us. We know if we win the game we’ll be probably in the top four but it depends also on Tottenham.”
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