He told the Daily Star Sunday: “Torres was fantastic at Liverpool under Benitez – so if he cannot get him scoring, nobody can.
“A key factor is his relationship with Torres because Roman Abramovich is desperate to see his pet signing succeed.
“There are even reports claiming he rejected the chance to sign Radamel Falcao because of Torres – and even ordered Di Matteo to pick him.
“Benitez is exactly what Chelsea need in the short term.
“He will get them organised after some shambolic defensive displays in recent weeks.
“Over the years, his Liverpool side produced some really incredible performances away from home, especially in Europe.
“They controlled the game even without the ball because they were so well organised.
“He is the right man to stop the rot and make sure they stay in the top four and keep their place in next season’s Champions League.”