CHELSEA have put Fernando Torres on a training programme designed to build up the striker’s strength and help him regain his devastating speed.
The 28-year-old Spanish striker was renowned for his electric pace and direct running while at former clubs Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.
A string of knee and hamstring injuries have plagued Torres after his club-record £50million move to the Blues two years ago and seen him lose that side to his game.
But Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, who brought the forward to English football while at Anfield, insists the club is working hard on the training ground to address the problem.
Benitez has given many players in the squad specific instructions and he has set Torres the task of improving his strength in order to generate more power in his running.
He said: “The way the team was training, and when we arrived, there was too many games with the same players. It’s not easy, especially for strikers, and we saw these things and we’re trying to prove his [Torres’] strength a little bit.
“It’s a question of time. A lot of the players have a specific programme. You can see that he is a little bit quicker but the problem he had in the last games was [he had played] too many games. I could see the players were tired.
“He can manage it. From day one we have been trying to help him, so hopefully now with Demba [Ba] it will be a hand for him. The main things with players is not what they say, it’s what they do on the pitch. Fernando is trying to improve and do things for the team.”
The arrival of Demba Ba from Newcastle provides more competition for Torres in the Chelsea attack.
However, boss Benitez feels the two strikers can work together when necessary to score goals for the Blues.
“I think they can play together,” he added.
“Both players are clever players and they have some good movement and they can adapt to each other. Don’t forget that Fernando was the captain of Atletico when he was 17 and he came here as a big signing.”
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