Chelsea boss Benitez lauds Torres after 3-1 victory over Rubin Kazan
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez lauded Fernando Torres after the forward bagged a brace in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory in the Europa League quarterfinal stage over Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Fernando Torres scored in both halves of the game to give Rafael Benitez’s side a huge advantage before Chelsea’s trip to Moscow for the second-leg of the Europa League tie.
“It's good for his confidence,” Rafael Benitez said. “His work-rate was really good. I'm pleased for him. I have said before, he's training well. It was a question of time. He scored two goals today and hopefully it will be the same in the next game.”
Chelsea played brilliantly throughout the game with only one sour moment to account for when Blues captain John Terry gave away a penalty kick. John Terry was penalized for ball-handling inside the box just before half-time.
John Terry believes the penalty kick decision on him was quite harsh since it was a well-hit shot. Rafael Benitez agreed with John Terry and was disappointed to lose the chance of keeping a clean-sheet.
“When someone has a shot 10 yards away it is difficult to get out of the way,” John Terry told ESPN. “I had my arms down by my side. (The referees' interpretation) is different all around the world. We need to set the record straight all around.
“It's different if my arms are up, but when your arms are down by your side - it's difficult.”
Chelsea were dominating Rubin Kazan with Victor Moses scoring Chelsea’s second goal, before Bibras Natcho scored through the spot-kick. Rafael Benitez admitted he was thoroughly impressed with the performance by his side, especially Fernando Torres.
“It was a good job. We were in control - 3-1 is not bad, but could be better,” Rafael Benitez said. “It (the penalty decision) was harsh, but these decision you have to carry on and get third goal. We did it and we were hoping for a fourth goal.
“We didn't have any problems and then created our own problem. I think we have enough quality for the second leg. It will be more difficult. They will be attacking more but I think we have the quality.”
Meanwhile, John Terry prepares to return to the ground where he missed the penalty kick that would have won Chelsea the Champions League trophy in 2008. The former England skipper will be reminded of the horrors at Luzhniki Stadium when he travels for the second-leg of the Europa League tie.
John Terry has asked him teammates not to underestimate Rubin Kazan and remain vigilant until the end of the game.
“They've got some danger going forward,” John Terry said. “The pitch will be difficult and the weather. The tie is certainly not over.”