Chelsea manager hails Fernando Torres’ amazing defensive skills
Rafael Benitez was clearly hired by Roman Abramovich with Fernando Torres in mind, although whether the interim Chelsea manager can get the best out of his compatriot remains to be seen.
December 5th, 2012
Perhaps the perfect pick-me-up will be a game against Champions League Group E whipping boys tonight, with Nordsjaelland likely to be easy pickings for the tournament holders who need to win and hope Shakhtar Donetsk do the same at the Donbass Arena.
Torres is likely to be included in the starting line-up although Benitez was quick to identify the player’s defensive capabilities ahead of Wednesday night’s game, claiming that the Spain international was worth his weight in gold.
“It’s not just scoring goals,” Benitez said after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
“We changed his position in corners, for example.
“If you analyse the corners against, he was amazing.
“Two or three times he’s cleared the ball and afterwards was just doing man to man because it’s what he had to do.
“So, he’s helping the team, in this case to defend.
“As a striker, you like him to score goals.
“Winning is the main thing. Fernando will be an important player for us, is an important player for us.”
He added: “We had a training session with finishing and Fernando scored a lot of goals.
“I think he has more confidence and his team-mates know that he’s trying very hard and that is the main thing for me.”
Torres has just one goal to his name in the past two months and Benitez will hope that tonight’s match kickstarts the player’s career at Stamford Bridge which has already gone flat on several occasions.