Many see Rafael Benitez as Roman Abramovich’s last ditch effort to save the £50 million he invested in the form of Fernando Torres. Well, if that was the case then all hope is lost for Roman Abramovich.
Just recently Rafael Benitez declared that he can do little to inspire Fernando Torres to reach new heights in his career as the Spain international had already reached his prime with Liverpool.
The reunion of Fernando Torres with his former mentor was supposed to bring back the form he showed at Liverpool, but that seems a lost cause now. In an interview to Goal.com this week Rafael Benitez claimed Fernando Torres will never be able to surpass the form he showed at Liverpool.
Rafael Benitez, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo as interim manager of Chelsea till the end of the season, reckons lack of confidence is what’s keeping Fernando Torres from finding the back of the net on a regular basis.
“It [Torres' form] is not the same now as when he was at his maximum, but I think he can come back,” Rafael Benitez said.
“How close? I don't know. It depends on the rest of the team. I think he can improve, but the team has to help him.
“The first thing is to give him some confidence; give him instructions of what he can do in a different way to improve himself and the rest of the team a little bit physically.”
Rafael Benitez brought Fernando Torres to Liverpool in 2007. The Spain international scored 33 goals for Liverpool in his very first season at the club. Since then the striker has been recognized as one of the most prolific goal scorers in the English Premier League.
It is interesting to note that Fernando Torres has scored 72 goals in 116 appearances with Rafael Benitez as his manager. This suggests that Rafael Benitez arrival at Chelsea is indeed Roman Abramovich’s attempt to rejuvenate Fernando Torres’ career.
The infamous El Nino has so far scored 19 goals in 88 appearances for Chelsea. The 28-year-old fell is the lead striker in Chelsea’s forward deficient strike-force. This means the veteran will get a lot of time on the pitch under Rafael Benitez.