Benitez: Positive for Torres

Rafael Benitez believes he is already seeing an improvement in
Fernando Torres just days into his reign as Chelsea manager.

Torres endured another frustrating night as the Blues were held
to a 0-0 draw by Fulham, the ball refusing to break in the box for
the Spanish international.

But interim manager Benitez says the signs are there that the
misfiring striker is on target to return to something like his
best.

“We have had maybe five training sessions so far; it is too
early but for me we are watching things that are positive.”

The Spaniard also insists Chelsea are still capable of winning
this season’s Barclays Premier League despite slipping seven points
adrift of top spot.

“Why can’t we? It’s still a long way to go. We have to keep
going. We’ll have chances.

“Remember, last season when City were ahead and it was ‘easy’.
Then they needed to win their last game. It’s a long, long
competition.”

Benitez chose to leave fellow Spaniard Juan Mata on the bench
until the 63rd minute against Fulham and explained he needed to
freshen up his starting line up with the introduction of Ryan
Bertrand.

“We have too many games now in a few days. We just had to use
the squad.”

The former Liverpool boss was again given the cold shoulder by
the Stamford Bridge crowd but says he will work hard to turn things
around although he does not know when he may win the dissenters
over.

“It’s not easy to say how long. Hopefully the game against West
Ham will be better. If we play home or away we cannot control this
(the crowd). We will play away and try to do our best and if we
play at home we will try to do the same.”