Torres form shows my methods work - Rafa
Rafael Benitez has claimed Fernando Torres's long-awaited return to form is proof that his Chelsea revolution is working.
Almost two years since Torres' record-breaking move from Liverpool and he is finally starting to score the number of goals to justify his £50million price tag. Six in five games is by far the most sustained run of the 28-year-old's Stamford Bridge career and it has co-incided almost exactly with his reunion with former Anfield boss Benitez.
"Two or three things that we are doing for some players are really good," Benitez said, claiming the sharpness in the majority of his players was now much better. "Fernando is one of the examples."
He added: "He's scoring goals and the team is winning and playing well, so he's really happy, not just because he's scoring goals but also because the team's doing well."
Despite the clear impact Benitez has made on Torres, he played down the extent of his own influence on his fellow Spaniard.
"I think that the team has an influence on him because the team is doing well, so the team is playing better, creating more chances," he said. "So Fernando is taking more chances."
Benitez refused to speculate on exactly how much his training methods had improved Torres and others during his month in charge ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
"You can more or less think but imagine I will say to you that they are 90% [fit] and we lose on Sunday, you will say, 'What is going on?'" he said. "[What] if I say 20% and we beat Aston Villa 5-0?
"Football is so special that you cannot guarantee 70, 50 or 60.
"What I can say is we have time to bring players in the team and then change players, so we can manage the tiredness a little bit better."