Bosnich: Don’t build a team around Torres
He believes that they instead need to trust their flair players in Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata, as their title bid had begun to falter with new manager Benitez only managing to secure 2 goalless draws in first 2 games in charge.
Benitez came under fire for not including the in-form Juan Mata in his starting line-up last night and Bosnich believes the ex-Liverpool boss is not in a position to drop such crucial creative talents. He went on to mention that these talents need to be harnessed rather than ignored.
“I think Rafa Benitez is looking for a bit more defensive solidity but I wouldn’t have left out a player [Mata] who has been among Chelsea’s best for the last season and a half or so. It does stem their creativity,” Bosnich told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT.
He also went on to state: “I know he has had a great relationship in the past with Fernandes Torres and we all know about Torres’ struggles since he came to Chelsea.
“We know his brief includes trying to get him firing but he had better not try and concentrate on that too much because, if he is focused around whether or not the goalscorer is scoring all the time, it can become a little predictable to defend against.
“The three most creative players in that team are Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar and they have got to be used more creatively than they have been in the last two games if Chelsea are to make a sustained bid for the championship.”