Juan Mata: Fernando Torres has shown how important he is

Juan Mata praises Fernando Torres after the Chelsea striker's impressive week ended with the winner against Manchester City

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Juan Mata has heaped praise on Fernando Torres after the Chelsea striker’s impressive week.

The Spanish forward scored twice to help the Blues seal a 3-0 Champions League win at Schalke in midweek, before netting the dramatic late winner to hand Jose Mourinho’s a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

And Mata, who as an unused substituted in Sunday’s triumph in west London, was thrilled for his international team-mate.

“Fernando had a leading role with two goals [at Schalke], to show, once again, that he’s a player who contributes many things to the team,” Mata wrote on his blog on grada360.com.

“They say for strikers it’s a matter of being in luck, and so another goal from him made the fans at the Bridge happy in our second big win of the week, against Manchester City.

“It was a very exciting match until the last minute. It’s always tough to play against them because they know how to keep the ball in long spells and be dangerous, but this time we managed to keep the three points at home.”

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