Torres hits pre-season goal trail at Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Andre Villa Boas has had his first chance to see the Blues squad in action after a friendly win behind-closed-doors against Wycombe Wanderers yesterday.

Fernando Torres made a good start to Chelsea’s campaign, making his mark with the Blues’ second goal in a 3-0 victory against the newly-promoted Npower League One side.

The Spaniard scored just one league goal for the Stamford Bridge side after his £50 million switch from Liverpool in January, but his second-half strike found the back of the net after a fine pass from Nicolas Anelka.

The former Porto boss gave a total of 23 players a run on the pitch in the pre-season game, with none of the squad asked to play for more than 45 minutes.

Yossi Benayoun and Slobodan Rajkovic, a youngster from Serbia making his debut, scored the other two goals of the game.

Israeli international Benayoun, who is starting his second season with Chelsea, scored after just four minutes of play against Gary Waddock's side.



Rajkovic, who has been loaned out to three different Dutch sides in four years, scored the third with a volley to conclude a healthy victory for the Barclays Premier League side.

The match, held at Chelsea’s Cobham HQ, was closed from the public and was organised after the Blues boss cancelled Chelsea’s opening pre-season fixture away to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

Vitesse’s official website claimed that new boss Villa-Boas rejected the fixture because it was too early for his side, who would have only completed five days of training before the match.

The club’s website apologised to fans, offering full ticket refunds to those who were planning to make the journey to see Chelsea in action.

Chelsea’s next pre-season fixture will be against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday.

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