Benitez praise for two-goal Chelsea striker Torres

Rafael Benitez has praised Fernando Torres for his brace in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Rubin Kazan in the first leg of their Europa League tie, the Daily Mail has reported.

Torres grabbed his 18th and 19th goals of the season against the Russian side, with Victor Moses claiming the other goal. The only down point for Chelsea came when Nacho converted a penalty, awarded for a handball against Chelsea captain John Terry, a decision the skipper felt was harsh.

I’m pleased for [Torres], not just with the goals but with his contribution to the team. We always talk about strikers having to score goals so their confidence is there. You could see that with Fernando,” Benitez said.

Terry added: “We were cruising going into half-time, and I didn’t think it was a penalty. It’s different when your arm’s up, but mine was by my side,” and warned that the match was not won yet, with Rubin a potentially dangerous prospect in the second-leg, when the Russian weather will come into play, according to the centre-back.

Despite Torres’ brace, Benitez admitted he could not say if the Spanish striker would start for the Blues against Sunderland on Sunday. Chelsea are in the midst of a hard run of fixtures and Benitez confirmed that former Newcastle United forward Demba Ba could start against the Mackems in what is Paolo Di Canio’s first match as the Black Cats’ Coach.

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