For the second successive game, Torres and Mata linked up to devastating effect as the European champion won 2-1 at Arsenal.
As in last week's League Cup thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers, each set up the other's goal at the
Mata's return to the side after being given a fortnight off following his
Chelsea's UEFA Champions League match against Nordsjaelland might be the ideal time to rest Torres, if
But, having spent much of last season kicking his heels on the bench, a siesta was the furthest thing from Torres' mind.
"I've been resting last season too many games, so I'm fresh now," he told Chelsea TV.
"I'm feeling good and now we have a very important game against a great team.
"It's an important game for us in the Champions League because we didn't start with the three points."
That was in Chelsea's Group E game against Juventus, which saw the London outfit blow a 2-0 lead, only to draw 2-2.
It was also the first match in which
He did so again against Arsenal, despite question marks over whether the trio could function together as a unit, especially away from home.
Torres scoffed at the pundits who doubted the enterprise, saying: "They are not experts."
He added: "If you have great players, you have to use them.
"That gives you more chances to score and to win.
"Arsenal are a great team in possession but we were not scared to keep the ball.
"Also, this is the best way to defend, and this is one of the main reasons why Chelsea are not conceding too many goals, because we have the ball and we do it with quality.
"So why can't all of these kinds of players play together?"
Despite deserving to win, Chelsea's failure to punish Arsenal on the break allowed its opponent to go close to equalising more than once.
Torres was largely to blame, wasting several opportunities in an up-and-down performance that saw him score a brilliant goal, bully
He admitted: "We created so many chances on the counter-attack.
"We couldn't score the third one and should have killed the game."
But he added: "We have not been together for much time and that shows sometimes, so it is just a matter of working on the training ground to try to improve."
"But it gives you confidence and it gives you belief. And, going forward, hopefully it will give us a good lift."
All the talk pre-match had been about how
What slipped under the radar somewhat was
Lampard's lack of game time was a hot potato during the reign of
"All the guys who started are internationals as well but, because we are playing so many games, there is room for everybody.
"That is the only way we can achieve anything, by using all of the squad."
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