Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Liverpool

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 19:45

Capital One Cup Semi-Final

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 2 - 4 Bradford

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 15:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Rafa comes to Torres' defence

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has blamed Fernando Torres' poor performance against Swansea on a stomach bug.

Last Updated: 12/01/13 at 10:10 Post Comment

Fernando Torres: Booed by some Chelsea fans in midweek

Fernando Torres: Booed by some Chelsea fans in midweek

Torres was barracked by some Chelsea fans after being subbed off in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea.

The Spaniard touched the ball just 19 times during his 81 minutes on the pitch and could only muster two attempts on goal in one of the worst performances of his time at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez has moved to explain Torres' below-par showing, saying it was because the former Liverpool striker had been ill, and his only other replacement Demba Ba was not fully fit as he had a hamstring injury.

"Fernando has a stomach bug. He has had the problem for a week or more and had to play because we couldn't play Demba Ba for a long time, because he had a hamstring problem," revealed Benitez, who is confident Torres can win over the Chelsea boo boys.

"Fernando is playing with this problem - a professional trying to do his best in a difficult situation. I'm really pleased with the attitude of Fernando.

"He has been training and playing because the team needed him.

"I was there when he was with the doctor, needing tablets, but he still gave 100 per cent.

"The fans loved Torres when he was scoring and giving everything.

"They will love him again when he starts scoring goals again. They will appreciate the effort."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

FA Cup: Bradford hope to meet Manchester United after beating Chelsea

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson would like to meet Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round after beating Chelsea.

Serie A round-up: Lazio see off AC Milan 3-1 as Philippe Mexes is sent off for moment of madness

Marco Parolo scored twice as Lazio heaped more woe on Milan, who had Philippe Mexes sent off in a 3-1 defeat.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge in contention for Liverpool's Capital One Cup semi against Chelsea

Daniel Sturridge will return to full training on Sunday and could be available for the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company