Gary Neville hails Mourinho for backing Torres

England assistant coach and television pundit Gary Neville believes Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is due a lot of credit for getting faltering striker Fernando Torres back in decent form and for his performances in the 2-1 win against Manchester City last weekend.

The Spanish international striker set up German striker Andre Schurrle for the first goal before pouncing on a mistake by Joe Hart in the City goal in the dying minutes to score and put the game to bed in an absorbing encounter at Stamford Bridge. This was his first goal in the Premier League this season and there is no doubting the immense value of the goal as well.

And speaking to English daily, Gary Neville stated that he can see that slowly but surely, Mourinho is bringing out the best from Torres once again after the player struggled since his whopping £ 50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011.

The former Manchester United right back also stated that the player himself deserves a lot of credit as well. There have been many times when he plays but is not a threat to the opposition which he can be but in recent weeks, he has taken his game up a few notches and one can see that same pace and guile and danger lurking when he is around.

Neville mentioned that although he missed a sitter in the match, the way he recovered was immense. Over the next seven or eight minutes, he lifted the crowd and the crowd too responded to him and that is what a centre forward should be doing.

And then came his pass for Schurrle before Torres himself got in on the act and Gary Neville can see the glimpses of the Torres that was menace to opposition defenses during his Liverpool days.