Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez wants his side to be more clinical in front of goal after the Blues managed 18 shots against Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday but only scored once, through Oscar late in the match, the
Benitez said: “18 attempts away is not bad, but we have to be more clinical in attack. The first 20 minutes we were in control. We had some half chances; it was a cross, we weren’t there. We were in control.”
The Spaniard went on to say that because Chelsea could not find an early goal they allowed the hosts to come back into the match and he had to alter the way the Blues were defending in the second-half to preserve their clean sheet.
Benitez also felt that Fernando Torres played well, despite the former Liverpool striker missing a presentable opportunity in the first-half and sending a second-half attempt out for a throw-in as he continues to struggle in front of goal. Torres has scored only once in his last 13 games.
“His work rate today was really good and thanks to him the rest of the team, especially the second line of offensive players, they could create. His job today was push and run and keep their defenders deep so he could create space for the other players,” Benitez said.
“Everybody expects from a striker just to score goals, but he’s doing also a great job for the team.”
Chelsea next play League One side Brentford in the FA Cup, a replay of their fourth round draw. The winners meet Middlesbrough in the next stage.
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