Chelsea boss Benitez insists Torres on top of game

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has again defended Fernando Torres' scoring form.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has again defended Fernando Torres' scoring form.

Torres has scored just once in 13 appearances since Christmas — against League One Brentford in the FA Cup — and was awful during Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sparta Prague.

Yet Benitez continues to defend his man, saying: “Everybody expects a striker just to score goals but Fernando is also doing a great job for the team. His work-rate is really good and we have to create more opportunities and the strikers will score more goals.”

Torres is likely to be rested in favour of Demba Ba for tomorrow’s FA Cup replay with Brentford.

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