Rafael Benitez believes he has already helped Fernando Torres find his form
Rafael Benitez believes Fernando Torres' fine recent form is proof that his methods are working at Chelsea.
Last Updated: 22/12/12 1:52pm
Torres is finally starting to show his predatory skills, almost two years after joining in a £50m deal, and the 28-year-old appears to have benefited from his reunion with his old Liverpool manager Benitez.
Chelsea's interim boss felt that Torres had lost some of his physical conditioning and the Spanish striker appears to have a new lease of life, weighing in with six goals in five games.
Benitez is delighted with Torres' transformation and believes that other members of the squad are also reaping rewards from his training regime.
"Two or three things that we are doing for some players are really good," Benitez said, claiming the sharpness in the majority of his players was now "much better".
"Fernando is one of the examples. He's scoring goals and the team is winning and playing well, so he's really happy, not just because he's scoring goals but also because the team's doing well.
"I think that the team has an influence on him because the team is doing well, so the team is playing better, creating more chances. So Fernando is taking more chances."
Benitez admits he has kept a watchful eye on his players' workload as the Club World Cup trip and the midweek Capital One Cup quarter-final win at Leeds have preceded Sunday's home clash with Aston Villa.
"You can more or less think but imagine I will say to you that they are 90% [fit] and we lose on Sunday, you will say, 'What is going on?"' he said.
"[What] if I say 20% and we beat Aston Villa 5-0? Football is so special that you cannot guarantee 70, 50 or 60.
"What I can say is we have time to bring players in the team and then change players, so we can manage the tiredness a little bit better."
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