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Confidence boost for Torres

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez claims Fernando Torres' resurgent form is a result of an increase in confidence.

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Fernando Torres: Boost in confidence has seen the Spain international find his f

Fernando Torres: Boost in confidence has seen the Spain international find his f

The Spain striker scored his seventh goal in six games at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and almost two years since his record-breaking move from Liverpool, he is finally starting to score the number of goals to justify his £50m price tag.

The arrival of Benitez, the man who brought Torres to England, has sparked a revival in the hugely criticised Spaniard, something the Chelsea boss claims is all down to confidence.

Benitez said: "He's a striker. He needed to score goals. The team is doing well, he's having more chances, and he has more confidence as a result."

Along with Torres, midfielder Frank Lampard also added to the 8-0 tally that saw Chelsea crush Aston Villa on Sunday, marking his 500th league start with a goal, and making him the club's all-time record league goalscorer.

Benitez added: "He's an important player for us. He's training well, doing well, his commitment is there. I'm really pleased for him scoring another goal, so everything is positive.

"We still have a long season to play, but he's doing well.

"The squad that we have is a good squad and we have to keep the balance. We have lost Oriol (Romeu), so we have managed with David Luiz in the middle, but we are managing the squad as best we can. If we can, it'll be easier."

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nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

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like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

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ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

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