Chelsea boss Mourinho plans to play to Torres’ strengths

Jose Mourinho will plan for his second Chelsea revolution by playing to the strengths of struggling striker Fernando Torres, according to Sky Sports.

The former Liverpool striker has struggled to match his form at Anfield since joining the Blues in a £50m move in 2011, but Mourinho believes that he can finally get the best out of the Spanish international.

Torres’ form appeared to pick up under the tutelage of last season’s interim manager Rafael Benitez, and Mourinho believes that momentum can continue into the new season and Torres can be fully unleashed and realise his potential.

Mourinho, who returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after departing Real Madrid, said: “I don’t know if it’s confidence, I feel the guy is highly motivated, he works very hard.

“I think some of the work we do with the team in terms of attack suits his qualities. We are here to support him. Usually when he is clear, he scores that goal – but he has missed (recently). We know that this is Torres’ game.

“When we see Torres with his back to goal, surrounded by two or three opponents, we know that he is not going to produce a piece of magic. We want the team not to learn how to play with him, but to improve how to play with him. He is working very hard in training, we are happy with him.

“His game is impossible to remodel. But we want to adapt the team and teach the team how to use his best qualities. He is not a kid anymore. He is at an age where it is difficult to change his play. He is what he is and he is very good with the qualities he’s got. So we need to learn and support his game.”

Torres has scored 15 goals in 82 appearances since moving to London, and this form has seen him earn criticism from various quarters, especially considering his impressive strike rate of 65 goals in 102 games while at Liverpool.

He has also netted 36 goals in 106 appearances for the Spanish national team, having also represented his country at every youth level from U-15 upwards.

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