Yossi Benayoun has blasted Chelsea for mishandling Fernando Torres.
The Israeli international believes the career of one of the best strikers in the world was hindered because of the pressure put on him by the management staff at the club.
Speaking to The Independent, Benayoun said: "You can understand it is not easy, from being the top striker at Liverpool - he was unbelievable, you gave him the ball and you knew he would score.
"But he had a bad time in the beginning at Chelsea. When he came in, he was on the bench, then on the pitch.
"He did not get the confidence when he came in. And with the £50m above his head, it is not easy for any player. The situation from the beginning was badly managed with him."
Despite showing flashes of brilliance during his time at Stamford Bridge, Torres has struggled for consistency and has failed to live up to his price tag, scoring just 25 goals in 135 appearances.
Yet Benayoun has backed the Spanish international to come good, stating his belief that the 28-year-old striker is still one of the best.
"For me, he is still one of the best strikers in the world," added Benayoun. "You do not change so quick from being one of the best in the world, to a player that some people say is not good enough for Chelsea.
"He has had good spells, bad spells, and has 15 or 16 goals already. That is not bad, but hopefully he will finish with 25."
Benayoun remains confident that the Spanish striker can again be one of the most lethal goalscorers in the division, it's just a case of regaining his confidence.
"He just needs to believe in himself. It would be good to get his confidence back and be his old self.
"Hopefully he will get a few more soon and you will see the real Fernando Torres."
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