Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has taken a sly dig at former manager Roberto Di Matteo by claiming that the Blues are already showing signs of improvement under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez, reports The Sun.

The Spaniard was speaking after Thursday's FIFA Club World Cup semi-final 3-1 victory over Mexican side Monterrey, a game in which Torres continued his recent resurgence with a second-half strike to take his tally to five goals in three games.

Benitez arrived at Stamford Bridge on an interim basis until the end of the season, after Roman Abramovich sacked Di Matteo in the aftermath of Chelsea's Champions League defeat to Juventus.

When he took over, the club was in the middle of a poor run of form which saw them go seven Premier League games without a victory, but three wins on the spin in all competitions, has gone some way to restoring confidence amongst the squad.

"As a team we are getting better and coming together as one unit," explained Torres. "We're working better both defensively and offensively.

"We have had a hard time this season but since Rafa Benitez came in as a coach it is coming together and we are showing more determination."

The former Liverpool hitman - who was brought to England by Benitez in 2007 during his time at Anfield - has enjoyed the greatest turnaround in the past month, but played down suggestions that the ex-Inter Milan coach was brought in solely for his benefit.

"It's all about the team," he added. "This season we have a team made up of better quality players.

"As a team we are getting better and individually I feel much better now and am scoring consistently. Hopefully I can keep this going and score again on Sunday."

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