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Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez believes the team have become too reliant on striker Fernando Torres.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 19:20 Post Comment

Rafael Benitez: Confident Fernando Torres will find his form again

Rafael Benitez: Confident Fernando Torres will find his form again

Prior to the arrival of Demba Ba from Newcastle in January, Torres was carrying the responsibility as Chelsea's main goal threat all by himself.

And Benitez reckons that has led to a dip in the Spanish international's form of late - with only one goal in 15 games.

"Fernando has been playing 10 games as the only striker we had," said Benitez.

"The other teams have three or four strikers. Now we have two, so we have to use both of them. The number of games and the congestion and the time you have to recuperate players, it's not easy.

"You have to have 11 players as fit as possible with fresh legs, and the right balance tactically. We have to manage.

"I can see him improving. "

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