Chelsea boss hails Fernando Torres after Europa League brace

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Rafael Benitez has hailed the performance of Fernando Torres and believes the striker is back in form after Chelsea beat Rubin Kazan 3-1 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie last night.

Torres scored twice for the Blues, guiding Benitez’s side to victory at Stamford Bridge, and the Chelsea boss believes his fellow Spaniard is getting back to his best.

"It's good for his confidence," said Benitez, according to Sky Sports.

"His work-rate was really good, I'm pleased for him. 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.

"You could see his touch of the ball was much better after the goal, because of the confidence he had."

The 29-year-old former Liverpool man gave Chelsea the lead after 16 minutes and added his second to restore the London club’s two-goal advantage with a classy second-half header. Earlier, John Terry was deemed to have handled the ball and gave Rubin an away goal from the spot after Victor Moses had made it 2-0.

The result gives Benitez’s men a strong lead heading into next week’s second leg in Moscow, as they look to reach their second European final in 12 months.

However, the Spaniard wasn’t completely satisfied with the performance.

He added: "I am happy with the scoreline but not 100 per cent happy, because we conceded a goal when we were in control of the game.

"It was a shame that we were a little relaxed and that we conceded that goal, but I think the penalty was harsh."

Chelsea will look to build on this good performance when they take on Sunderland at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, with the Blues chasing a top four finish in the Premier League.


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