Chelsea striker Fernando Torres turns attention to FA Cup final with Liverpool following hat-trick

 

Fernando Torres had one eye on Chelsea's FA Cup final with Liverpool after scoring his first hat-trick since his £50million move from Anfield.

Yesterday saw Torres produce the best performance of his 15 months with the Blues as he continued his resurgence under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich high-fived his companions in the Stamford Bridge directors' box after Torres completed his long-awaited treble in the 6-1 west London derby thrashing of QPR.

Abramovich's glee would have been laced with relief at watching the man for whom he smashed the transfer record between British clubs come good in the most spectacular fashion.

Torres, who also scored in Tuesday's sensational Champions League semi-final triumph over Barcelona, has now given Di Matteo a real selection headache for Wednesday night's crunch game with Newcastle, Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

"Two finals and a massive game against Newcastle in three days," Torres told BBC Sport following what was his first hat-trick since September 2009.

"We need to win.

"We will be closer to reaching the top four and, of course, if we win this game, we will approach the game against Liverpool in the FA Cup final with more motivation.

"So, it can be a great week."

Di Matteo was giving nothing away about whether he would favour Torres in the coming days or Didier Drogba, who is also in scintillating form.

"We have to play Newcastle on Wednesday and I need to reassess my players in the next couple of days to see how they have recovered and how they are to pick a strong team," Di Matteo said.

"Then we'll think about the final."

The Italian, who refused to rule out playing Torres and Drogba in tandem, added: "It's great for this football club that we've got all these players now full of confidence and belief in themselves, and everybody wants to play. It's fantastic.

"It's the only way we can achieve our targets."

QPR's target is simple after they suffered their heaviest ever defeat to Chelsea and the biggest loss of Mark Hughes' managerial career.

Hughes admitted it was the lowest point of his Loftus Road reign as Rangers remained perilously close to the drop zone.

"I know, when we play well, what we can produce," said Hughes, who has picked up one point away from home since taking charge in January.

"We haven't been able to do that on our travels.

"We've got to get to the bottom of it, and we will do."

QPR's final two games are against Stoke and at Manchester City and Hughes added: "There were still some positives we can take out of it - obviously more negatives.

"But we'll pick ourselves up. We can't dwell on this.

"It about making sure we get maximum points next week."

PA

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
News
news
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Sport
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
i100
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
News
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam