Benitez claims he always had faith in Torres

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez says he always knew Fernando Torres would regain his touch in front of goal.

The misfiring Spanish striker found the net for the first time in 562 minutes of play, netting a brace in Chelsea’s 6-1 victory over Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in their final Champions League group match. However, the victory was not enough to secure progress into the next stage for the Blues as they became the first reigning European champions to exit at the group stage of their title defence.

However, according to the Daily Telegraph, the under-fire Benitez chose to focus on the positive of his No. 9’s return to goal scoring form.

I said before that if we created chances, he would score goals,” said Benitez.

I saw him sharper in training yesterday, a bit more confidence, and he was fine today. The rest of the team helped. I hope (it’s a springboard) for him. He’s shown his quality today. If we can play at this level, he can score more goals.

Benitez went on to admit that while exiting the Champions League was a disappointment, his side would be taking the Europa League seriously. “The Europa League is not important if you don’t win,” he continued.

But if you are in the semi-final or final, everyone wants to win. It’s an important competition at that stage. So, if we get there, we’ll do our best to win it. I’m sure that, playing at this level, we can do whatever we want.

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