Torres blames lack of teamwork for Chelsea struggles

Fernando Torres believes the reason he has struggled to recapture the form that made him one of the world’s most clinical strikers when playing for Liverpool, is that the Chelsea team are too heavily reliant on individual players, reports The London Evening Standard

Torres feels that during his days playing under Rafael Benitez at Liverpool, there was a much stronger emphasis on the team as a unit as opposed to individual players; a way or working that saw Torres score eighty-one goals in a hundred-and-forty-two appearances for the Reds.

So when Rafa Benitez was announced as the interim Chelsea manager, a lot of the focus was on whether or not he would be able to help Torres regain his form. However, even under Benitez, despite showing signs of improvement Torres has now gone four months without scoring a goal in the Premier League.

Speaking to uefa.com Torres said that: “It’s difficult in this team because we really depend too much on individuality.

“We have players like [Eden] Hazard, [Juan] Mata, Oscar and [Frank] Lampard — they are talented players so we are not speaking about tactics. It’s a bit more difficult than my time with him [Benitez] in Liverpool.

“But it’s good as well because we know what we have to do and we have the extra help from the talent of our players. It’s not been easy for anyone but the team are improving.

“Every day you learn new things and you change a little bit. The key is to adapt to a new system, new players, a new style of football and that takes some time.

“In my case, it has maybe taken more time than it should but after a couple of seasons here I can see how different the team are compared to when I arrived, with different players.

“We have to be clever and focused in the adaptation of the new ideas of the team, the manager and the kind of football we’re playing now. This is the main difference. My mind is more open than before and I can see what I have to do to improve.”

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