Jose Mourinho paid tribute to the quality and mental strength of Fernando Torres following his late winner against Manchester City.
Chelsea looked to be heading for a share of the points after Sergio Aguero’s strike cancelled out Andre Schurrle’s opener for the Blues, but Torres struck at the death to earn all three.
Torres had missed a sitter earlier in the game but managed to pick himself to grab the winner when capitalising on a mix up between City goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Matija Nastasic.
“The goal comes in a very intelligent action by Fernando,” Mourinho said. A misunderstanding by Joe and Nastasic, but Fernando was very clever the way he believed.
“Fantastic performance (by Torres) and even better because it was after an easy goal missed. That makes it even more valuable. When a striker misses an easy early chance, many times he’s affected for the rest of the game.
“It looks like that moment was the moment where Fernando thought ‘I will be the man of the match’.”
Mourinho added: “He’s sharp, he’s powerful, the belief is high. We are happy for him, but we are all happy because it’s a very important victory against a team we couldn’t beat last year.
“We played against them lots of times; even in friendlies we couldn’t beat them.”