Can Torres bring back his goal-scoring ways from the Liverpool days under Rafa?
Chelsea’s misfiring striker Fernando Torres might be looking forward to the reunion with his former boss Rafael Benitez, but the Spaniard is not sure if he can bring back Fernando Torres’ goal-scoring ways from the old Liverpool days.
Rafael Benitez has been appointed as the interim manager of Chelsea following the controversial sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. The former Liverpool manager has been asked to take care of Stamford Bridge till the end of the season.
Chelsea’s crazy Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich blew the minds of many supporters by kicking out Roberto Di Matteo; the man who brought Chelsea out of turmoil by leading the club to FA Cup glory and their first Champions League trophy.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to appoint Rafael Benitez as his replacement aggravated a new section of Chelsea, the ones who hated the Spaniard since his days at Anfield. During that period Rafael Benitez helped Liverpool establish a unique rivalry with Chelsea.
This rivalry sparked again when Liverpool sold their coveted asset Fernando Torres for £50 million to Chelsea. At the time it appeared as if Liverpool were hacking off a dear limb by sending away the unsettled Fernando Torres, but soon enough their was enough proof to realize that their decision was in fact a blessing in disguise.
“I’ve said before, Torres at the beginning of last season was trying very, very hard,” Rafael Benitez said in a coaching seminar in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. “He’s still trying very hard but I still think he’ll improve. Can he get back to that level, I’m not sure but he can improve, especially if he can improve his confidence, he can get back to high levels.”
Fernando Torres scored 33 goals for Liverpool in his first season under Rafael Benitez. The Spain international scored 17 goals in the second season and 24 goals in the third season. However, at Chelsea Fernando Torres has scored only 19 goals in all competition since his notorious move from Anfield.
“The problem with some players is that they are doing so well in a team and their understanding is so good that it is difficult to replicate in another team,” Rafael Benitez told The National. “Sometimes it is just a question of time. He’s a nice man and a good professional, very keen to learn.”
Nonetheless, Rafael Benitez and Fernando Torres forged a special relationship since their days at Liverpool. Fernando Torres has spoken about his understanding with Rafael Benitez in a couple of interviews since his Anfield exit.
“Rafa Benitez has been the most important coach in my career,” Fernando Torres said in an interview around a year ago. “He has been the only one who knew how to help me improve. His priority is the team but he adapts the conditions to make everyone fit in the team. That’s his secret. He taught me a lot and thanks to him I matured as a professional.”
Who knows… may be Rafael Benitez will be the man who turns around Fernando Torres’ fate. After all, Chelsea has become no stranger to crazy miracles in recent days.