Chelsea boss Benitez (again) defends Torres scoring form

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is ready to start Fernando Torres tonight at Europa League opponents Sparta Prague.

Demba Ba is unable to play in the Europa League having already represented Newcastle United in this season's tournament, and while Benitez acknowledged it could, at some point, become a problem, for now at least, he is staying positive.

"It's a problem, but we'll try to keep Fernando fit, playing well and hopefully scoring goals," said the Blues boss. "If we have to manage in a different way because we don't have him for any reason, we will have to, but Victor Moses is coming back and he's an option to play as a striker.

"The perception is that Fernando hasn't scored goals, but he already has 15. He was scoring at the beginning of the season and then again when I just arrived.

"He hasn't scored for a couple of games but he was playing as a lone striker for a long time. I said when we signed Demba Ba it would be good for him because if you rest one of them they can be fit for the next game, but I think he will start scoring goals again."

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