Fernando Torres insists Chelsea have improved since manager Rafa Benitez arrived

Fernando Torres: Pleased with Rafa Benitez's influence at Chelsea

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Fernando Torres has hailed Rafa Benitez's arrival at Chelsea and feels the team is getting better.

Benitez's appointment as interim boss following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo was condemned by sections of the Blues faithful, and his start did little to win over the fans as he went three games without a win.

However, he has since secured three victories in succession with Torres scoring five in his last three games, with the Spain international insistent that the improvement is there for everyone to see.

"As a team we are getting better and coming together as one unit. We're working better both defensively and offensively. It's about the team," he said.

"This season we have a team made up of better quality players.

"We have had a hard time this season but since Rafa Benitez came in as a coach it is coming together and we are showing more determination.

"As a team we are getting better and individually I feel much better now and am scoring consistently. Hopefully I can keep this going and score again on Sunday."


Torres helped Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Mexican side Monterrey in the Club World Cup on Thursday, which means they will face Corinthians in the final on Sunday, and he says they are eager to secure the silverware.

"It's a very important tournament, especially for the South Americans. It is their childhood dream and we Europeans must learn to treat the tournament in the same way," he said.

"I could hear their fans calling my name and I am very flattered. This is my first time in Japan. They have been waiting a long time for me to come here. I want to show them another good performance on Sunday.

"I saw their semi-final. Their defence is very tight. I'd like to see the video again.

"They are hoping to win this title again but for us it would be the first title in this tournament and I would like to win it. It will be a very difficult game but I will do my best."

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