Benitez hails Torres display

Chelsea striker Fernando TorresChelsea manager Rafael Benitez singled out Fernando Torres for special praise after his side’s 3-1 Europa League win against Rubin Kazan.

The Spanish striker netted twice for the Blues to help hand them a vital lead heading into a potentially tricky tie in Russia.

Victor Moses added the Londoners other goal with Bibras Natkho netting and away strike for Rubin from the penalty spot.

Benitez was particularly happy with Torres’ display after the final whistle, praising him for his sharp edge in front of goal and all-round contribution to the team:

“It’s good for his confidence,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“His work-rate was really good. I’m pleased for him.”

Torres has come in for much criticism since his £50m arrival from Liverpool in 2011, with many of the club’s fans frustrated by his inability to match the performances he produced at Anfield.

Benitez has full faith in his striker and feels that his brace against Rubin could kick-start an impressive run of form for his player:

“I have said before, he’s training well. It was a question of time. He scored two goals today and hopefully it will be the same in the next game.”

Torres will have a fight on his hands to keep a starting spot for Chelsea’s next encounter, with Demba Ba having impressed in their FA Cup win over Manchester United.

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