Is Fernando Torres finally returning to form?

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Since Rafael Benitez was appointed Interim Chelsea Manager on November 21, Fernando Torres has been in inspired form, netting seven goals in 10 games. Compare that to seven goals in the previous 20 games prior to the Spaniards arrival, and it's plain to see that Torres has been in resurgent form.

This gives the 28-year-old striker a goals to game ratio of 0.7, which is higher than his career total of 0.4 goals per game. Torres' upturn in form has helped Benitez endear himself to the club's fans, after the initial outrage that greeted his appointment. His goal surge has also propelled Chelsea into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, and kept the Stamford Bridge outfit competitive at the top end of the league table.

It is no coincidence that Torres’ ability to find the net has returned with the appointment of Benitez. During his time at Liverpool, he scored 0.57 goals per game - the best scoring rate of his career for any club. During his first season at Anfield, Torres enjoyed his best goal-scoring season, with a goals to game ratio of 0.72. This was also under the management of 52-year-old Benitez and is only marginally better than his ratio under Benitez at Chelsea.

Torres’ revival is due to the tactics Benitez employs. He has a very direct style, with Chelsea now spending much less time controlling possession in their own half and more time spent in the final third, pressing and attacking the opposition. Undoubtedly, this presents Torres with more goal-scoring opportunities, so it's little surprise that his goal tally has improved significantly.

Additionally, the decision to play David Luiz in midfield has been an inspired one. Although the Brazilian's job is primarily to protect the defence, the 25-year-old uses his creative flair to get forward and set up chances for the attackers. Under Benitez, Juan Mata has also played a more prominent role, with he and Torres forming a good understanding. With Mata in the best form of his Chelsea career and at his most creative playing behind the Blues' number nine, this can only help Torres and Chelsea as they look to continually improve over the course of the season.

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