Roberto Di Matteo has praised Fernando Torres after the striker assisted one and scored another in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old combined with new-boy Eden Hazard for both goals, first having his legs swept from underneath him inside the area – with the Belgium international converting from the spot for his first for his new side.
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A second came soon after when a clever reverse pass from Hazard found Torres inside the area to power home, prompting Di Matteo to hail the striker’s workrate so far this season.
"I've always been happy with Fernando," Di Matteo told BBC Sport. "His workrate is immense and when he doesn't score he's a provider.”
Torres himself was pleased with his recent displays for Chelsea.
The Spain international’s struggled to adapt to life at Stamford Bridge since his move in January 2011 are well documentated, with the former Liverpool talisman claiming his form is down to increased match action.
"The confidence is back because I'm playing more," Torres said.
"It's great to have players like Hazard here. It's a privilege to play with Juan Mata and Hazard.”
Hazard can boast an output of six assists in his first three games for Chelsea, and Di Matteo’s was eager to express his pleasure at seeing the midfielder turn scorer after providing multiple chances for his team-mates.
"It's good that he's scored a goal because he's helped create many for us," said Di Matteo.
"It's good to see us operate as a team. The midfield and defence also did well today.”