Torres found form in front of goal as Chelsea restored some pride in the Champions League.
“I said before that if we created chances, he would score goals,” the manager said. “I saw him sharper in training yesterday, a bit more confidence, and he was fine today. The rest of the team helped. I hope (it’s a springboard) for him. He’s shown his quality today. If we can play at this level, he can score more goals.”
Benítez said he was unconcerned that his centre-forward did not want to take penalties, adding that Chelsea’s takers here, Eden Hazard (whose penalty kick was saved) and David Luiz had “more composure” than Torres.
“Sometimes you don’t need a striker taking penalties if you have others who can do it. If you have others who, maybe, are more calm and have more composure. At Liverpool we had [Steven] Gerrard. Here Hazard and Luiz.”