Torres saw red late on, but impressed with his aggressive display.
"He was very sharp and competitive (against Tottenham)," said Lampard of the Blues' number nine, "and that's what you want to see from your striker.
"He was causing lots of problems with his pace, with his direct play - and I think he was unlucky not to get a goal, and obviously unlucky to get sent off."
Asked if we were starting to see the old Torres, Lampard leapt to his team-mate's defence: "I wouldn't say the 'old Fernando'. He's been sharp, and I think that's doing him a bit of discredit really.
"We've got competition, we've got three strikers that are fighting, and it's up to everyone to stay sharp - not just Fernando, but all over the pitch. (At Tottenham) he did his stuff."
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