Benitez plays down his influence on Torres' return to form at Chelsea
Benitez plays down his influence on Torres revival at Chelsea
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Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has played down his influence on Fernando Torres after the striker returned to form by netting twice against both Sunderland and Nordsjaelland.
The Spain international had failed to find the target in six consecutive games before he tallied twice in the Champions League on Wednesday. He then helped to lead Chelsea past the Black Cats as Benitez secured his first Premier League victory since taking over at Stamford Bridge.
Torres worked with his compatriot to great effect at Liverpool but the former Valencia coach says that it is more important that the forward has a strong relationship with his team-mates than with him.
"As a manager I give advice to the players so that they can play better on the pitch," Benitez told reporters.
"That's one job for a manager, but for Torres and other players the important thing is how they relate to their team-mates.
"When Torres gets a good position and his team-mates create scoring chances, he can be better involved in them. The manager can communicate with the players, yes, but when a player is in good form it's largely because of his team-mates."
Benitez was speaking ahead of the upcoming Club World Cup in Japan, which Chelsea have qualified for as a result of their Champions League victory earlier in 2012.
The Blues will face Monterrey in the semi-finals of the competition after the Mexican club beat Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea on Sunday. Al Ahly of Egypt and Corinthians of Brazil will contest the other final four tie.
"I'm happy to be back in Japan," Benitez said. "The Club World Cup is a very important competition and we want to win it. We'll gain a lot of experience from appearing in this tournament so we want to take advantage of the chance.
"Everyone at the club and I feel the same way. If we have a chance to win a trophy that's right in front of us, we're going to try to win it. We're fighting to win. It doesn't matter if it's the Champions League or the Capital One Cup. We have a chance right here and right now so we're going to try to win it."
Having previously managed Inter Milan to victory in 2010 and Liverpool to second place five years earlier, Benitez has previous experience of the annual competition.
"I've experienced what it's like to win the Club World Cup, but we've recently played two very good matches," he added. "The secret to our success is making sure that Petr Cech isn't given too much work to do."
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