Benitez rues missed chances but refuses to blame Torres for Chelsea defeat against West Ham

The Blues boss is still waiting for his first win since his appointment at Stamford Bridge but claims that the team as a whole is responsible for the lack of firepower
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez refused to blame striker Fernando Torres and insisted that the team as a whole must improve its finishing after the Blues' 3-1 defeat to West Ham at Upton Park.

The former Liverpool boss insists that Torres, who he also managed during his spell at Anfield, is not solely to blame for the goal drought as he continues to search for his first win at the Stamford Bridge helm.

Juan Mata gave Chelsea the lead in the first half but West Ham roared back through goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.

"Everybody knows that football is a game of two halves," Benitez told reporters. "In the first half we could have had two or three goals.
"You have to take your chances, when you don’t do that everything can change and that is what happened.

"They scored the first goal which was a bit controversial and then they were on top and we couldn’t manage things as well. We still created some chances but we should have done better in the second half. We were losing first balls, second balls and giving them far too much space to get on top of us.

"The whole team missed chances, other players missed too - not just Fernando. When you are attacking and controlling the game like we did in the first half you have finish the game.

Benitez maintains, however, that his approach will not change and that Chelsea simply need to get three points under their belt to regain confidence.

"We need to get a win, simple," he added. "We will keep working in the same way, prepare for the next training sessions and try to improve things."