Rafael Benitez has revealed scoring goals has put the smile back on Fernando Torres' face ahead of Chelsea's Club World Cup campaign.
finally emerged from his latest wretched run of form last week when he
netted four times in Benitez's first two wins in charge against
Nordsjaelland and Sunderland. The Â£50million man is hitting his stride
at just the right time for Chelsea's bid to make amends for their failed
defence of the Champions League by being crowned champions of the
"I have to speak to him in Spanish so he can tell me any
jokes he has," interim manager Benitez said. "When a striker is scoring,
he is happy, happy. I've noticed the difference in him too."
added: "To be fair, the team is doing really well. I'm not surprised
because they are all training very well. You don't have anyone who is
lazy. Everyone is trying to do the right things."
Aside from a
fluke goal against Shakhtar Donetsk, Torres went two months without
finding the net before last week, and Benitez added: "Everybody has been
talking for months about, 'Fernando has to score more goals' so to
score four in a week, he must be pleased. That's everyone, but
especially the striker."
Torres and his team-mates were still
adjusting physically and mentally to the nine-hour time difference
following their arrival in Japan on Sunday, with the Club World Cup well
Chelsea were last month snubbed in their bid to
postpone Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at Sunderland,
something that would have allowed them to set up base in Yokohama before
The decision infuriated then manager Roberto Di
Matteo, who accused the Premier League of hurting their chances of Club
World Cup glory and putting his players' health at risk. Benitez agreed
with his predecessor that more should be done to give English clubs the
best possible chance of success.
"When you have massive
competitions, you have to give teams an advantage," Benitez said,
pointing out other leagues did just that. "When Barcelona were here, they were able to get out before we could.
"You always have to be treated in a way that shows you are representing your country. That is important for everyone."