What game was FSW Benetiz watching…?!!
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez on striker Fernando Torres’s record of only one goal in his last 14 appearances:
“He didn’t play badly tonight, you can analyse a striker for the number of goals he scores. He did a great job for the team tonight.
“It’s not easy against a team playing deep, but he was winning the ball in the air, bringing options for those around him.
“I thought he was playing well. I disagree he was playing badly. But of course we want him to take the chances that come his way.
“If he continues working like today and playing like he did today, he will score goals. I’m convinced about that.”
But this is what the match report said about Torres’ night:
Fernando Torres missed a host of chances before Hazard’s late winner.
Torres endured another night he would want to forget, missing two good chances before the Czech side took the lead. A side-footed shot after only four minutes shaped wide, and the Spaniard touched a Juan Mata cross over from inside the six-yard box as Chelsea began promisingly.
Torres then completed a trio of first-half misses with a flying header over the bar after he had slipped in between two Sparta defenders.
Torres’s frustrating night continued when Ramires’s on-target volley hit him square in the chest.
Torres’s one-on-one looked easier to score.
…so this does not seem very consistent with Benitez’s view of Torres really. It beggars belief.
Win or lose, up the Blues.