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Torres: Benitez has improved Chelsea

ESPN staff
December 14, 2012
Chelsea reached the Club World Cup final on Thursday © Getty Images

Fernando Torres has pinpointed Rafa Benitez's management style as a key factor in his return to goalscoring form for Chelsea.

Torres, 28, has scored five goals in three games for Chelsea including a second half strike in the 3-1 Club World Cup win against Monterrey on Thursday. And he believes Benitez's arrival at Stamford Bridge is paying dividends for both him and his team-mates.

"As a team we are getting better and coming together as one unit," Torres said. "We're working better both defensively and offensively. It's about the team. This season we have a team made up of better quality players.

"We have had a hard time this season but since Rafa Benitez came in as a coach it is coming together and we are showing more determination.

"As a team we are getting better and individually I feel much better now and am scoring consistently. Hopefully I can keep this going and score again on Sunday."

Torres wants to continue his fine form into Sunday's Club World Cup final against Brazilian side Corinthians, and help Chelsea become both world and European champions.

Chelsea have a number of Brazilians within their ranks, including Oscar, Ramires and David Luiz who have helped convince the Spaniard of the importance of competing to win the trophy.

"It's a very important tournament, especially for the South Americans. It is their childhood dream and we Europeans must learn to treat the tournament in the same way.

"I could hear their fans calling my name and I am very flattered. This is my first time in Japan. They have been waiting a long time for me to come here. I want to show them another good performance on Sunday.

"I saw their semi-final. Their defence is very tight. I'd like to see the video again.

"They are hoping to win this title again but for us it would be the first title in this tournament and I would like to win it. It will be a very difficult game but I will do my best."

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