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Fernando Torres is benefiting from the presence of Rafael Benitez at Chelsea
Rafael Benitez has not had an easy ride since becoming interim manager at Chelsea.
The former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss succeeded Stamford Bridge legend Roberto Di Matteo at the club in November and was hit by a barrage of jeers as he took his place in the dugout for the first time in the goalless draw with Manchester City.
Many Chelsea fans have not forgotten Benitez’s remarks about the West London club while he was in charge at Anfield.
However, under the Spaniard, Chelsea and, most importantly, Fernando Torres have enjoyed a resurgence in form and have regained a foothold in the Premier League title race.
Benitez has guided the club to four successive domestic wins in league and cup, including an impressive haul of 17 goals in that time.
Benitez also seems to be getting the best out of Torres. The Spain striker had endured a torrid time at Chelsea following his £50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011.
Shorn of confidence and form, Torres cut a forlorn figure at Stamford Bridge but the arrival of Benitez, the man who took him to Anfield, has seen the forward claim seven goals from 10 games.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a known admirer of Pep Guardiola, and the former Barcelona coach will cast a long shadow over Benitez for the remainder of his time at the club.
But 2013 could be the year when Benitez re-establishes himself as a major name in managerial circles.