Fernando Torres will soon return to his goal-scoring ways for Chelsea – Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez insists Fernando Torres is doing a great job at Chelsea. The interim Chelsea manager defended his former Liverpool player once again while informing that the Spain international had shown phenomenal progress in training sessions.
The former Inter Milan and Valencia manager reckons Fernando Torres should be back to scoring goals in no time at all. Fernando Torres has scored a single goal in over 11 hours of Premier League action.
In spite of severe scrutiny from media and Chelsea fans Rafael Benitez believes the £50 million striker will help Chelsea secure a Champions League berth this season.
“Fernando is doing a great job,” Rafael Benitez said. “Yesterday we have a training session with finishing and Fernando scored a lot of goals. I think he has more confidence and, the team-mates, they know he is trying very hard and that is the main thing.”
Chelsea are looking to bolster their attack during the summer transfer window. The Champions League winning side has been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in order to strengthen their chances of winning a Champions League spot.
Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville lambasted against Fernando Torres on Monday night. Rafael Benitez came to the defense of his striker by declaring Fernando Torres had put in great work off the ball and helped with a lot of set-pieces on the pitch.
“I think Fernando is a great player and the team know he is a great player. If he is in the right positions they will play with him; if he is in the wrong positions, maybe not. I can make a lot of analyses here, watching television, one way or another and I will be right,” Rafael Benitez said.
“I think the main thing is what you can see as a manager, on the pitch and in training sessions. It's not just scoring goals. I will say something, we change his position for corners, for example. If you analyse, I don't know if Gary Neville has this opportunity but, if you analyse the corners in the game, he was amazing.
“He was two or three times clearing the goal. And, after, he was just doing man-to-man. He is a big lad. But he's a striker so we put him in front and he was really good, so he's helping the team.
“As a striker you want him to score goals but I would like to see Fernando scoring goals and the team winning, scoring a lot of goals from different parts of the pitch so the main thing is to win. Fernando is going to be an important player for us but the others have to score as well.”
Rafael Benitez also shot down suggestions that Fernando Torres could only score on well-placed through balls. The Spaniard admitted that Fernando Torres fed on through balls of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso at Liverpool, but that didn’t mean the 28-year-old didn’t know how to improvise.
“At the beginning, Gerrard and Alonso could pass the ball very quickly and Fernando could pass defenders with his pace,” Rafael Benitez continued. “Now, it's different style. The teams know his game, he has space, Chelsea has to be an attacking team so it's not the same situation. But still I think we have to create better chances for him, he will score goals and his confidence will come.”