Rafael Benitez has asked the Chelsea supporters to ease up on their criticism of striker Fernando Torres and the rest of the team, the
The newspaper adds that Torres has borne the brunt of much of the fans’ frustration in recent weeks, with the Stamford Bridge regulars feeling the Spain striker has not justified his £50m price tag, or deserved his place in the side in recent weeks.
Torres was booed when he left the pitch during the 2-0 home defeat to Swansea City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, with new signing Demba Ba entering the contest in Torres’ place.
Benitez claimed later that Torres’ subdued performance was down to illness, while he had to wait 80 minutes to introduce Ba for his home debut because the former Newcastle United striker was struggling with a hamstring injury.
The former Liverpool boss – who brought Torres to English football by signing him for the Reds from Atletico Madrid – added that Torres’ perceived negative body language against the Swans was a result of his illness and also the criticism he received from the stands.
Benitez said: “In England if a player makes a mistake, what do you expect? Bad body language is normal. Fernando Torres is improving in a lot of things. If he is not sick he will be smiling and everybody will be saying the body language is good.
He added: “The majority of the fans support the team and enjoy it when we are doing well. Some are expecting more and we will try to give them more. If they are happy, fine. If not we will try to change them by winning games.”
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