Di Matteo chat with Torres inspired the Chelsea striker

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed that a conversation with Fernando Torres led to the Spain striker’s form improving this season, the Daily Mirror has reported. The pair spoke on the return flight following Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich.

Di Matteo sat next to Torres on the trip back to London and told the former Liverpool forward that he was part of his vision for the future of the club. Torres was said to be frustrated at his lack of involvement in the Champions League final, having come on only as a substitute and not taken a penalty in the shootout.

After the match Torres spoke of his disenchantment regarding the season as a whole and that fixture in general and hinted that he would seek a move away from Stamford Bridge over the summer.

But after top-scoring for Spain during their successful defence of the European Championships, Torres has started the new Premier League season in good form, scoring against Newcastle on Saturday after winning a penalty.

Di Matteo said: “When you win games and confidence is high players try things. It’s good to see. They seem to be enjoying themselves at the moment.

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