REACTION: REAPING REWARD
Fernando Torres was the talk of Stamford Bridge following his part in all five goals against Leicester City.
The striker scored two, played the final pass for goals by Salomon Kalou and Raul Meireles and even won the corner that led to Gary Cahill heading his first for Chelsea and setting the team on the way to a 5-2 win.
Petr Cech, who watched from the other end of the pitch as captain in a much-changed side from the Napoli game, was one of those to speak about the Spaniard.
'It has been a great week,' said the pleased goalkeeper.
'On Wednesday we managed to put ourselves through to the next round of the Champions League and we didn't want to make any mistakes on Sunday against a side with ambitions to be a Premier League side next season.
'We did well, we scored five goals and Fernando was absolutely outstanding. It was a good win, a very entertaining cup tie and very enjoyable to be on the pitch.
'Fernando has been doing really well but he was just unlucky not to be scoring goals,' Cech added.
'He has a lot of assists, he has been working hard for the team and it was great to see him get his reward. He must be delighted because as a striker you think of goals and on Sunday he scored two and it is great for his confidence. We need him because now we have another massive two games coming up and it would be great if he scores.'
'I needed those goals and I have been working so hard to get those goals,' said Torres.
'In the last month the team has been much better than before, we're more committed and I think we have shown in the last couple of games which way our season is going.
'I'm feeling much better. I was playing good but didn't score the goals but I could find the back of the net in this game so it was a good day for me.
'The most important thing is we are creating more chances than before, and when we create more chances we are going to score goals and we haven't conceded too many. We were maybe too relaxed at the end of the game so we conceded two goals but we are much better defensively, and if you don't concede goals you can win games.
'The job of a striker is to score goals and if you don't do it the people think that you are playing bad, but the main thing is the support of the people and they were always with me, as were my team-mates and the staff. I feel the confidence of the manager now and it is a good time for me and Chelsea, and we are in the last two months of the season when the more important games are coming.'
For Cech, the big matches can't come quickly enough now that the team's form is on the rise.
'It could become a fantastic two weeks for us and after these next two games we could be even third in the league,' he pointed out.
'We hope to continue like this because still we have nothing in our hands. We have to believe that we haven't said the last word yet and we want to show that so let's see, and count up at the end of the season.'