Torres troubles down to playing too often – Rafa
Fernando Torres has been stuck in a vicious circle of playing too many games, missing chances and being pilloried for it, his manager believes.
Rafa Benitez, whose coaching team have introduced a weights and gym component to the 29-year-old striker's training schedule, believes Torres is now physically stronger and that Demba Ba's arrival to share the work load up front has had a positive mental effect on the Spaniard, whose inconsistency for the Spain team "makes us insecure", manager Vicente del Bosque has said.
But Benitez says he can see a change in Torres (pictured). "He was playing one game every three days (before Ba arrived) and people don't realise that when you do that, with no time to recover, everybody is expecting you to score, score, score – and you cannot," he said.
"People are then criticising you. Demba Ba gave us the opportunity to play one or the other, and you can see now every training session and during games there is a difference (in Torres).
"He likes to analyse things and I was watching clips with him thinking about the movements and specific training sessions off the pitch with (coaches) Bolo Zenden and Steve Holland. He is okay.
"He is not too much of a perfectionist."