Benitez reveals Torres regaining confidence after scoring consecutive braces
Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez has said striker Fernando Torres is regaining his lost confidence after scoring scored four goals in last two games.
Benitez believes Torres has been able score only because the rest of the team is now playing to the 50 million pound striker's strengths.
Benitez is targeting Torres in every training session, reprogramming the once-feared bottle-blond assassin to terrorise defences by relying on instinct and not thinking too deeply.
There was no let-up on Monday in a tough practice session at the home of J-League side Yokohama F-Marinos after the deposed European champions touched down on Japanese soil for the Club World Cup.
"The main thing, always, is the players. I can advise and keep working with players on the pitch but the team-mates make the difference," the Sun quoted Benitez, as saying.
"Fernando has been in good positions only because the team has created more chances. It is the team that is doing well. I can communicate with him a different way sometimes but the main thing, for me, is his team-mates," he added.
"He's happy, yes. When a striker is scoring, he is happy, happy. I've noticed the difference in him too. The team is doing really well. I'm not surprised because they are all training very well. You don't have anyone who is lazy. Everyone is trying to do the right things," he said.
Benitez added: "Everybody has been talking for months about, 'Fernando has to score more goals', so to score four in a week he must be pleased. I'm not being asked so many questions about him. It means people are getting used to seeing Fernando scoring."