Benitez hopes for Torres glut

Rafael Benitez hopes Fernando Torres hits the goal trail after helping Chelsea make Europa League progress.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 07:45 Post Comment

Fernando Torres: Netted against Steaua

Fernando Torres: Netted against Steaua

Fernando Torres scored the decisive goal as Chelsea advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals, prompting interim boss Rafael Benitez to say: "Hopefully it will be the first of a lot."

Torres scored his second goal in 20 games as last season's Champions League winners advanced to the Europa League last eight with a 3-1 win on the night and 3-2 last-16 aggregate success over Steaua Bucharest.

Torres' previous goal - the effort at Middlesbrough which ricocheted in off his back was belatedly credited to Ramires - came against Brentford, but Benitez felt another was near.

"It (the goal) was important for him," Benitez said.

"It was important - the main thing - for the team. We knew he was working really hard, he was training really well.

"Two days ago he was scoring a lot of goals in training. We knew he was close. Hopefully it will be the first of a lot."

The Spaniard had the opportunity for a second goal and Chelsea's fourth after earlier goals from Juan Mata and recalled captain John Terry, but his 87th-minute penalty struck the crossbar.

Rather than bemoan the miss, Benitez was pleased his compatriot, and former prodigy at Liverpool, was prepared to assume penalty duties.

"He has confidence now and he can take the responsibility," said Benitez, who revealed Torres was one of three possible penalty takers.

"We are quite pleased because he was taking the responsibility.

"It's good. He scored and after he had more confidence and that is positive for the team and positive for him for the future."

Chelsea had to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit to progress and levelled the tie through Mata after 33 minutes, only for Vlad Chiriches to score on the stroke of half-time when the Blues failed to clear a corner.

The away goal meant Chelsea needed to score twice to be included in Friday's last-eight draw and Terry headed in after 58 minutes and Torres netted after 71 minutes to seal victory - before his late spot-kick miss.

Chelsea's attention turns to Sunday's clash with West Ham, where they will seek to consolidate their place in the Barclays Premier League top four.

Following the international break, Chelsea will then play six games in 16 days, including an FA Cup quarter-final replay with Manchester United.

The run begins against Southampton on Easter Saturday and Benitez will take a game-by-game approach to the fixture congestion.

"I prefer to have this problem because it means we're carrying on and competing," he said.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property