Champions League

Benitez defends Torres

2012-12-04 21:21
Fernando Torres (Getty Images)

London - Chelsea's £50m striker Fernando Torres, who appears to have lost the knack of scoring goals, was lauded for his defensive qualities by manager Rafael Benitez on Tuesday.

Torres has scored once in his last 11 games for Chelsea and his form is light years away from that which he used to show for Liverpool which in turn prompted club owner Roman Abramovich to break the British transfer record to sign the Spaniard 22 months ago.

His recent displays have drawn scorn from some Chelsea fans but Benitez said Torres's job was not all about scoring goals despite being the club's main striker.

Reacting to a television analysis of Torres's sluggish recent performances by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, Benitez disagreed that the striker had lost the confidence of his team-mates.

"The main thing is what you can see as a manager on the pitch and training sessions and he is doing well," Benitez told reporters at Chelsea's training ground.

"He scored a lot of goals in training today. He is a great player and if he is the right positions they will play with him and if he's not they won't.

"It's not just scoring goals. If you analyse the corners (against us) he was amazing, two or three times clearing the ball. He was helping the team defend.

"But as a striker you want him to score goals."

"It's harder for him (than when he played for Liverpool) because now teams drop off and he has less space," added Benitez. "But still we must create better chances for him.

"Torres is an important player but we need goals from other players too."

Torres will be hoping to end his barren spell on Wednesday when Chelsea host Nordsjaelland in the Champions League needing a victory to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
06 December 2016
Bayern München v Atlético Madrid, Allianz-Arena 21:45
Barcelona v Borussia M'gladbach, Camp Nou 21:45
Benfica v Napoli, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) 21:45
Manchester City v Celtic, Etihad Stadium 21:45
Dynamo Kyiv v Beşiktaş, NSK Olimpijs'kyj 21:45
PSG v Ludogorets, Parc des Princes 21:45
PSV v Rostov, Philips Stadion 21:45
Basel v Arsenal, St. Jakob-Park 21:45
07 December 2016
Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco, BayArena 21:45
Porto v Leicester City, Estádio Do Dragão 21:45
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu 21:45
Club Brugge v København, Jan Breydelstadion 21:45
Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus Stadium 21:45
Legia Warszawa v Sporting CP, Pepsi Arena 21:45
Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla, Stade des Lumières 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v CSKA Moskva, Wembley Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.