The new Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes he is already seeing improvement in his misfiring Spanish striker Fernando Torres. The 28-year-old Spain international drew blanks against Fulham on Wednesday night, but his former mentor was impressed by passion and effort on the pitch.
Rafael Benitez, who brought Fernando Torres to the English Premier League by signing him for Liverpool in 2007, reckons Fernando Torres has improved a great deal just a few days into his reign at Stamford Bridge.
Fernando Torres was visibly frustrated by Fulham at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The veteran found himself in goal-scoring positions a number of times but he wasn’t able to pull one back in the net.
“We have had maybe five training sessions so far; it is too early but for me we are watching things that are positive,” Rafael Benitez said.
The former Inter Milan and Valencia manager insists Chelsea will be able to challenge for the English Premier League title even though they have slipped seven points adrift of the top spot, which is occupied by Manchester United.
“Why can't we? It's still a long way to go. We have to keep going. We'll have chances,” Rafael Benitez said.
“Remember, last season when City were ahead and it was 'easy'. Then they needed to win their last game. It's a long, long competition.”
Rafael Benitez also explained why he left Chelsea’s coveted forward Juan Mata on the bench till the 63rd minute of the game. Rafael Benitez said that he wanted to refresh Chelsea’s starting line and give starts to a couple of players from the bench.
We have too many games now in a few days. We just had to use the squad,” Rafael Benitez said.
Rafael Benitez was given the cold shoulder by Chelsea fans once again. The Spaniard continued to endure resentment from Chelsea fans for his harsh comments against the London club back when he was a manager at Liverpool.
The 55-year-old manager promised he would work hard to win over the hearts of Chelsea fans. Rafael Benitez declared that he was just a couple of wins away from gaining the trust of the Blues.
“It's not easy to say how long. Hopefully the game against West Ham will be better. If we play home or away we cannot control this (the crowd). We will play away and try to do our best and if we play at home we will try to do the same,” Rafael Benitez concluded.