Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun admits Fernando Torres' self-belief has deserted him.
The Israeli international is saddened at the Spanish strikerâ€™s incredible fall from grace following his move to Stamford Bridge two years ago.
Benayoun, back with the Blues after an injury-hit loan spell at West Ham, said: â€śIt has been a hard time for Fernando. When he came to Chelsea he was on the bench, on the pitch and then on the bench again.
â€śSo he didnâ€™t get the confidence he needed when he arrived. My opinion is that, from the beginning, the situation with him was badly managed.â€ť
Torres has played under a succession of Blues bosses â€” Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo â€” before being re-united with Benitez in November this season.
And Benayoun added: â€śFernando was the top striker at Liverpool, an unbelievable player. You gave him the ball and you knew he would score.
â€śBut he had a bad time in the beginning at Chelsea because Drogba was here and there was competition.
â€śAnd with that ÂŁ50m fee over his head â€” thatâ€™s not easy for any player.
â€śThis is the first season that the club has given him the 100 per cent confidence that he needs to be the number one again.â€ť