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Fernando Torres scored twice as Chelsea warmed up for the Club World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Rafa Benitez had insisted ahead of kick-off that he had not given up hope of winning the Premier League title and his players responded with a stylish performance as the Blues closed the gap on second-placed Manchester City to four points.
Torres was the star of the show with two goals in the first half, while Juan Mata added a third early in the second half and Adam Johnson's fantastic strike proved to be little more than a consolation for a Sunderland side now in the relegation zone.
Chelsea were quickly into their stride and Eden Hazard had a confident penalty appeal waved away before Torres expertly turned home the Belgian's cross with a well-controlled first-time volley after a flowing move in the 11th minute.
Oriol Romeu soon had to go off through injury and Sunderland started to gain a foothold in the match, with Stephane Sessegn...
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Fernando Torres scored twice to make it four goals this week as Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 on Saturday to record its first victory in eight Premier League matches.
Torres, who also hit a double in the 6-1 thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland on Wednesday to end a month-long barren run in front of goal, volleyed the ball into the net with the studs of his boot in the 11th minute.
Change of style suits Torres - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Chelsea won 3-1 away at Sunderland over the weekend. They used a subtle change of style which seemed to suit Torres and provide the Spaniard with a boost in confidence.
It was clear that Torres needed to change the way he played or Chelsea needed to change the way they played for...
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has credited new boss Rafa Benitez with his sudden renaissance.
Torres scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 win at Sunderland to end a drought of more than 12 hours without a Premier League goal, with that brace following another in the 6-1 Champions League mauling of Nordsjaelland in midweek.
Benitez has endured a frosty reception from fans angered...
On Saturday at the Emirates, Michu scored a late double to give Swansea all three points. It was also his tenth goal, an impressive tally considering his natural position is in midfield.
At £2 million, he has to be up there with one of the best Premier League signings ever.
On the same day, at the other side of London, Fernando Torres was struggling once again.
Despite three clear...