Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez believes Fernando Torres peaked during the striker’s spell at Liverpool, but is hoping the Spaniard can rediscover the form which prompted the Blues to pay £50 million for his services.
Torres endured another frustrating game during his side’s goalless draw against Manchester City on Sunday – failing to register a single shot on target -and has been heavily criticised for his displays since joining the club for a British record fee back in January 2011.
While Benitez has admitted the Spain international’s best performances came for his former side, he is hoping his current team-mates can help him to recapture his previous form, although he is unsure how long it could take.
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"How close? I don't know. It depends on the rest of the team. I think he can improve but the team has to help him."
"The first thing is to give him some confidence; give him instructions of what he can do in a different way to improve him and the rest of the team a little bit physically.”
The 28-year-old has only managed to net 19 times in 88 appearances for the current European Champions since his big-money arrival, and Chelsea will be looking to end a five-match winless run in the Premier League when they host local rivals Fulham on Wednesday.