Benitez pleased by change in Chelsea striker Torres’ mood

Rafael Benitez has welcomed the return of a happy Fernando Torres after the Chelsea striker rediscovered his scoring touch, netting in Chelsea’s last two games in the Champions League and the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported.

Torres scored twice against Danish club Nordsjaelland and then added two more against Sunderland, scoring his first goals since mid-November in the Champions League tie, and his first Premier League goals since early October against the Mackems. In total this season Torres has 11 goals from 25 games, compared to the same number of goals in 49 games last season.

Benitez added that Torres’ goals would please any striker, noting that scoring four goals in a week is a ratio to be proud of. The interim manager also denied that Torres’ form was unexpected, pointing to the good work done by his compatriot and his teammates in training.

When a striker is scoring, he is happy, happy. I’ve noticed the difference in him too,” Benitez said, adding: “To be fair, the team is doing really well. I’m not surprised because they are all training very well. You don’t have anyone who is lazy. Everyone is trying to do the right things.

The former Liverpool manager continued: “Everybody has been talking for months about, ‘Fernando has to score more goals’ so to score four in a week, he must be pleased. That’s everyone, but especially the striker.

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