Torres forced himself onto the team sheet. Gutsy performance. For a former superstar to swallow his pride and increase his work rate like he has done is amazing to watch. Hes not a star by any means but this team can score goals with him on the pitch and hopefully he will grab one of them and increase his confidence further
Mata and Oscar proved they can play together. That said, you could see Mata do more in the defensive third than he has in his whole chelsea career today. One particular example I remember was mata tracking all the way back, someone stealing the ball and finding mata right at the beginning of our third. Mata took a couple of dribbles and played a perfect pass to start the counter. Thats the kind of shit mata need to do and he will play a lot. I have been extremely impressed with the way he has handled mourinho pushing him and I think Mourinho saw a lot of good today from him and him and oscar on the field at the same time.
I still have not see enough from Schurrle to understand his playing time. To me, Willian would be a much more dangerous sub. The real curious thing to me is that we brought schurrle in the first place. I actually think Moses is the perfect sub because his strength and pace give a tired defense fits. Moses and Lukaku were our two best off the bench players and we loaned them both out. Mata sparked the team but I think he starts a good amount moving forward and I am not sure where the spark comes from.
I love Lampard but he really needs to be second choice. Mikel/Ramires should be the pivot for big games. I obviously loved the inclusion of Mata but it should have been at Lampard's expense. I would also like to see Luiz in the pivot one of these games as I think he is our best link of player from our third.
This game from Torres was the best game we have seen from a striker that I can remember versus a good side since Drogba left. Mata and Oscar proved they can play together and I feel that Mata proved that he will track back and play defense which is what Mourinho wants from him.
Overall, that second half against Tottenham until Torres got sent off was the best run of football we have played under Mourinho and hopefully that leads to the team gaining confidence and we become the dominant team that we have not seen yet this season.