TORRES: Do you think he has been "badly managed"?

Yossi Benayoun is featured heavily in the press this morning speaking of his mate Fernando Torres...

Yossi Benayoun is featured heavily in the press this morning speaking of his mate Fernando Torres. Benayoun has once again stuck up for his friend after Torres has received recent criticism for his performances and the fact that he has scored just once in his last fifteen appearances.

He said:
"It has been a hard time for him. The situation from the beginning was managed bad with him. This is my opinion. When he came in, he was on the bench, then on the pitch and so he did not get the confidence when he came in. And with the £50m above his head, it is not easy for any player.
This season he was scoring a few in a row and then another bad spell but he just needs to believe in himself, to keep doing the right movements. Against Wigan he played well but the goal did not come. The keeper made two or three great saves. If he scores, it changes everything and his confidence comes back. Hopefully he will get a few more soon and you will see the real Fernando Torres.
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 and this season is the first time that he has been given the chance to be No1, because Drogba was here, so there was competition.
This is the first year the club gave him the 100% confidence that he needs to be No1. He has had good spells and bad spells but he has 15 goals already. That is not bad but hopefully he will finish with 25. It would be good to get his confidence back and be his old self. Personally, I believe in him 100%. For me, he is still one of the best."

It is important to remember that he has scored 15 goals so far this season and compared to how he started at the club, it's an improvement!.

I have stuck up for Torres since he has been at Chelsea but of late, my opinion has begun to change. If a player is low on confidence you would think they would keep working hard, keep plugging away at their game to try and make things better for themselves. For the most part he has but of late he looks like his confidence in front of goal is shot.

I have to believe that it has. After all, when a club pays the monies they did to bring him here, you want  the confidence of the manager. People can argue that he either had it or didn't with Ancelotti, AVB and Di Matteo but you cannot ignore his stats.

I have stated numerous times in the past that Chelsea needed to adapt their style to look to get the ball forward to him quickly and to have him push up and play high on the shoulder of the last defender. That never happened and he got sucked back deeper to get involved which isn't his game..

Whether anyone will officially admit it, Rafa Benitez was brought into Chelsea to get Torres firing. One goal in fifteen games isn't exactly what Roman and the board had hoped for is it!.

I still think at times we look for Torres too late and miss his initial run. We still see him throw his arms in despair at not being passed the ball in and around the box and that's a good sign. With the players we have now, with the attacking ability we have in the side, you can only imagine that one day it will all click into place.

The question is will Fernando Torres remain at Chelsea beyond this season for us all to find out as reports of a deal being agreed with Falcao have appeared this week?

For now, we have to focus on the present and the performances of Fernando Torres. We can ask questions of previous managers but surely at some point we finally have to point the finger at the player in question and hope we get some sort of answer.

So do you agree with Benayoun and think over time at Chelsea he has been managed badly?

Carefree & KTBFFH

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  1. All we need to do to get torres firing again is to change to a 442 formation and play him alongside ba and we need to buy modric to get the attack good because mata is playing spain agenda now oh pls benitez and our formation tomorrow should be Chelsea win them 5- 1 at home thats my predict and our tatics are cech cahill terry aziplicueta cole luiz mikel hazard mata moses ba very strong and dangerous tatics

  2. I think a 442 formation can help torres. It will take the pressure of a lone striker away from him and any time he drops deep to midfield or drifts wide to the wings, there will be someone upfront to make good use of the balls going in to the opponents area. Everybody that said we didn't support Fernando may have a different definition of support from my own because I dont think there is any striker in chelsea history who has had the kind of support Torres had( and still has).
    Speaking of tomorrow's game, i think moses and marin should both start because marin has improved immensely and another start will do more good to his confidence. Lampard and ramires need rest so, let's use both Luiz and mikel or mikel with either george Saville or Nathan Ake. Azpi should be played in this one and ivanovic rested(both can swap places on thursday inorder for Azpi to be well rested for city game). If Luiz isn't in midfield, he should be paired with Terry. I will love to see this line up;
    Turnbull; Azpi, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ake/Saville; Moses, Oscar/Hazard, Marin; Ba. Chelsea Daft, I have a question for you: WHY HAVEN'T WE BEEN USING ISLAM FERUZ? HE'S BEEN PHENOMENAL FOR THE YOUTH TEAM! Contact me at

  3. I have said this over and over torres has lost it and chelseas slump is due to him because he is not clinical in front of goal we have egomaniac as an owner whose pride wants to drag the club to hell he wants to let lampard go they insist on rotating demba ba with the hapless torres! The time for making excuses for torres is over just like shevchenko before him

  4. I totally DISAGREE! How many times has he been presented with clear goal-scoring opportunities which he either mis-kick, stumble-over, slip, under-hit, hit straight at keeper, or Fluff completely? He has lost his sharpness, & that's not the fault of his fellow players or coach!



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