Chelsea FC: Predictions for Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer INovember 22, 2012

Fernando Torres and Rafa Benitez
Fernando Torres and Rafa BenitezLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Rafa Benitez accepting the position of Chelsea FC manager is the latest news in football. At the same time, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is associated with this story.

Benitez and Torres worked together at Liverpool FC. According to The Independent, Benitez was able to sign Torres with Liverpool from Atletico Madrid.

The result of the transfer was Torres scoring 72 goals within 116 matches. Robert Treasure of The Independent hypothesizes that Benitez could help Torres reach the same sort of form at Stamford Bridge.

The reality is that Benitez and Torres cannot perform miracles at Chelsea FC. The situation at Stamford Bridge is opposite of what transpired at Liverpool.

The reasons are many but can be summarized to a few. They will be discussed before arriving at a prediction.


Roman Abramovich

Benitez is under intense pressure to deliver results in a short time. Roman Abramovich is an owner who governs Chelsea with almost absolute powers for nearly a decade.

Abramovich is known to change managers frequently at Stamford Bridge. He has now managed to sack seven managers during his period with the Blues. 


The list of managers sacked by Abramovich is Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Claudio Ranieri, and Luiz Felipe Scolari. Andres Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo are the latest that were sacked under Abramovich.

Guus Hiddink is the only manager who left Chelsea on his own. Hiddink left Chelsea since he was coach of the Russian National Football team. It appears unlikely that Benitez could help Torres get back form in a short time under pressure.


Fernando Torres

The arrival of Torres at Stamford Bridge to the tune of $80 million has been a disaster. Torres, in almost two years, scored a pathetic 19 goals in 86 matches at Chelsea.

According to The Express, Fabio Capello (the Russian national football team coach) stated that Torres is different from his Liverpool years. Capello said that Torres does not have the will to succeed at Stamford Bridge. 

The Daily Mail, Di Matteo (before his sacking as manager) expressed that he was not afraid to bench Torres.  The same online news segment reported about Torres being out of place in the UCL match between the Blues and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Torres can receive whatever help for improving himself from Benitez, Abramovich and the Blues; the rest has to come from within Torres and it is not there.



Benitez and Torres will be fired by Abramovich in January. Benitez will lose a match or commit a miscalculation that will result in another managerial change.

Chelsea will begin the month of January by cutting their losses with Torres. They will bargain with Atletico Madrid for an exchange.

In the exchange, Torres will go to Atletico Madrid, and Radamel Falcao will go to Chelsea. If Atletico Madrid are unable to comply with the exchange, here is a bold prediction of what may happen:

Falcao will remain with Atletico Madrid, and Abramovich will talk with Anzhi Makhachkala. In the new deal, Torres will be sold to Anzhi for the same amount or a reduced amount.


The following predictions are based on a personal opinion that may or may not happen. My thanks to the B/R readers for their time with this article.