Chelsea ace Kalou hails teammate's return to form with twin strikes in 5-0 triumph over Genk
Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is delighted to see Fernando Torres hitting top form after the Spaniard scored twice in a 5-0 demolition of Belgian champions Genk on Wednesday night. The Ivorian also scored his own first goal of the season having come off the bench for Andre Villas-Boas' men in the Champions League Group E match. Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic were also on target for the Blues.
Using his head: Chelsea's Fernando Torres (left) heads the ball into the back of the net during Wednesday's match against Genk in London. Pic/AFP
Kalou was particularly happy to see the under-fire �50 million Torres excel. "It's good to have Fernando at his top level and you need that if you are going to go a long way in the competition," Kalou told the club's official website. "He's a great player and sometimes you just have to give them time to get their fitness back and return to their best form."
Of his own showing, the 26-year-old said: "'It's always good to come in and score, it gives you confidence and I am pleased with that performance. "It's difficult to come in, hopefully when I came in we kept pushing and we scored the fifth goal so I'm pleased with that." Kalou went on to reject suggestions that Genk were the worst team Chelsea have hosted in the Champions League, instead praising the Blues' performance. "You can't take away from the great performance of Chelsea," the striker insisted.
"We scored early and played very well so I can't say we played the worst team today. Chelsea played good football. We have a good squad and if you want to do well in the Champions League you have to have a good bench.
"Some players were left out tonight but we were still able to put in a good performance." Chelsea now top Group E, one point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who beat Spanish outfit Valencia 2-1 at home.
Other results * AC Milan 2-0 Bate * Olympiacos 3-1 Dortmund * Shakhtar 2-2 Zenit * Leverkusen 2-1 Valencia * FC Porto 1-1 Apoel Nicosia