Chelsea’s newly appointed manager Rafael Benitez has highlighted the importance of Fernando Torres in the squad by appreciating his ability to clear the opposition’s set pieces.
Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United player Gary Neville had analyzed that Chelsea players showed reluctance while passing the ball to Torres.
“I didn’t see the analysis, but Fernando is a great player,” Benitez said. “His teammates know he’s a great player.
“If he’s in the right position, they’ll play the ball to him. If not, maybe not. All I can do is see things on the pitch and in training, and Fernando is doing really well. He scored a lot of goals in training yesterday. He’s doing a great job.
“But it’s not just about scoring goals. We changed his position in corners, for example. I don’t know if Gary Neville had this opportunity, but two or three times he’s cleared the ball and afterwards, going man to man, he did well.”
Benitez went on the explain Torres’ usefulness in the defence.
“He’s a good header, so we’ve put him in front of our goal to defend and he’s really good,” he said. “As a striker, he’s helping the team.
“I wouldn’t mind him not scoring but the team winning. Winning is the main thing. Fernando will be – is – an important player for us.”
Chelsea will now play their Europa League matches in February.