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.”