Fernando Torres
Torres scored the winner against City.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes that Fernando Torres is playing as well as he ever has in his professional career following a stunning match-winning performance against Manchester City.

Torres made the move from Liverpool to Chelsea for a British record fee of £50m in January of 2011 and the Spain international has looked a shadow of the man who set the Premier League on fire in three seasons with the Reds.

Last season he scored 23 goals but seemed to disappear in the big matches, with Chelsea suffering in the Champions League as a result and failing to mount a serious challenge for the league title.

But in the current campaign the 29 year old looks back to his old scoring self and his five goals so far this season are giving the Stamford Bridge faithful hope that he will finally justify his big money fee and fix the issues the side has had in front of the net in recent seasons.

And Cech believes that his current performances show he is on track to equalling his brilliant reviews at Liverpool, telling Chelsea TV: "This is the debate everybody's been having for a long time.

"There were so many games when Fernando was absolutely brilliant, but because he didn't score everybody's saying 'oh, he didn't score'.

"Now he's scoring goals, he's making goals, he's playing as well as he has during his life."

Chelsea currently sit at second in the Premier League table and while the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City appear to be taking their time to get back to their best with incoming managers the Blues have settled quickly into life with Jose Mourinho back in the dugout.

They face Arsenal tonight in the Capital One Cup and Mourinho will be hopeful that Torres is at his best again, particularly with the Gunners looking dangerous at present.