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Benitez: Torres has lost confidence at Chelsea but will return to his best

The former Liverpool boss has spoken of the difficulty that the Blues striker has with Didier Drogba’s in good form, but believes the Spaniard will be ready when given his chance

Rafael Benitez believes that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’poor goal scoring form is down to a lack of confidence, but says he will return to his best with the Blues.

The former Liverpool manager thinks that the Spanish international will return to peak form if given time.

The £50 million striker has struggled to make the impact Chelsea were expecting, but Benitez was impressed with the attitude Torres showed when coming off the bench in their 4-1 win over Napoli.

“As a striker you know that you need confidence, so I think that he has lost that little bit of confidence, but, talking about the game [against Napoli] he went from the bench and he was working very hard,” Benitez told Absolute Radio.

“He knew that his team needed legs, fresh legs, and he was working, he was pressing, he was doing what the manager told him.

“I think that that is the attitude, I think that he will come back, he will be again the Fernando Torres that we know, but he will need time.”

The 51-year-old spoke of another problem for Torres as his fellow striker Didier Drogba is playing well and right now seems first choice striker for the Premier League giants.

Benitez said that it would be difficult to change the system of playing two strikers up front, and that the 27-year-old will have to wait for his chance.

“Drogba is scoring goals and he’s playing well, so then you cannot play… if you play with the two strikers you have to change the system,” He added

“So you play with Drogba up front, [Torres] has to wait. But he knows that he has to keep working hard and be ready.”

Benitez also spoke about the chances of Torres going to this year’s Euros with Spain and said that he had spoken to the Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque, but wouldn’t say what chance the striker has specifically.

“I was talking with the boss before and he said ‘Everybody has a chance’,” Benitez added

“But for experience I will say to you, its better I don’t say too much because there’s still two or three months to play.

“So everybody was talking, ‘So Soldado is not going?’, so Soldado is in the national team now, but it could be the same for any other one.”

Tune in to Ian Wright’s Absolute Radio’s Rock N Roll Football Show tomorrow to hear the full interview from 5pm. For more go to

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'Lampard deserved more respect from Villas-Boas' - Alex

The former Chelsea defender claims that the Portuguese boss mistreated the midfielder during his time at Stamford Bridge but insists the Blues squad were not against their manager

The 33-year-old Englishman was regularly benched during the Portuguese boss’ tenure, a decision which caused fierce debate amongst critics as results proved unsatisfactory.

Alex signed for French club Paris Saint-Germain in January after finding himself similarly frozen out at Stamford Bridge, but had more to say about Lampard’s treatment than his own.

He told O Jogo: “I think that Lampard deserved more respect. It is true that, when you get to a certain age, you know that you will be on the bench sometimes.

“That is no problem, but even for his history at the club, where he has been for over 10 years, he deserved a talking to or an explanation.

“It would be respectful to all that Lampard represents for Chelsea.”

Alex also dismissed suggestions that the squad were against Villas-Boas, noting the amount of playing time which some of Chelsea’s more influential players had.

He added: “That makes no sense. Terry and Ashley Cole were always playing, Drogba and Torres had many opportunities.”

The 29-year-old also admitted the difficulty of taking the managerial hotseat at Chelsea, given the immense pressure involved.

He continued: “Chelsea are a big club, where there is a huge pressure to win the Champions League. You cannot say that this pressure affects players daily, but it affects the coach’s job.

“And you cannot forget it is a competition which is hard to win.”

Despite the premature end to Villas-Boas’ managerial reign at Chelsea, Alex still praised the qualities of the former Porto coach.

“Andre has a lot of quality, as I could see on an everyday basis and in the way he was fully dedicated to Chelsea,” he added

“His sacking was something that had been commented for some time, even because of his behaviour. He never talked a lot, he is a bit closed. That is his way.”