Torres credits revival to Chelsea manager Di Matteo

Fernando Torres credits his form revival to Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo. Torres likens Di Matteo to former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

Fernando Torres credits his form revival to Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo.

Torres likens Di Matteo to former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

"When we changed coach [and Roberto Di Matteo took over] it was a bit more similar [to Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's style]. That had a good side to it, which was that I learned: I became a better player," he said.

"I can now do things that I was not able to before. You can be the player that your coach wants, but you're not the player that people expect you to be. I spoke to Steve Holland, the [Chelsea] assistant, a lot and we worked hard on it.

"I became more mature, I came to know myself better and became conscious of the fact that it depends on me.

"I learnt to be more self-critical, to understand everyone better and to accept the situation.

"I learnt that if we won it didn't matter that I hadn't played. I had to keep working.

"When I retire the only thing that concerns me is that no-one can say that I was a bad team-mate or disrespectful or self-important."

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