The Sun says Benitez is a dream appointment for Torres, who only showed his true ability when he was taken to Liverpool by Rafa.
Benitez has agreed to step in for the rest of the season with the brief of building a team around Britain’s most expensive footballer.
Torres, who is known by the other players to have the ear of Abramovich, was furious about being substituted against West Brom and in his previous game against Liverpool.
The £180,000-a-week striker said in a recent interview: “Rafa has been the most important coach in my career. He’s the only one who knew how to improve me.”
Now Chelsea are banking on Benitez bringing the best out of a player who has hit just 19 goals in 87 appearances.