Chelsea 3 Steaua Bucharest 1: Torres’ goal ‘important’ for him, says Benítez

Chelsea 3 Steaua Bucharest 1: Rafael Benítez hopes Fernando Torres' goal will help him find his form after Blues reach quarters

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Rafael Benítez hopes Fernando Torres’ goal will fill him with confidence after Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals with victory over Steaua Bucharest.

With Chelsea trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Juan Mata’s close-range finish gave the Blues the lead at Stamford Bridge but Vlad Chiriches’s goal on the stroke of half-time handed the visitors a valuable away goal.

Captain John Terry nodded home in the 58th minute to make it 2-2 on the night, before Torres’ impressive finish wrapped up the victory.

There was still time for the Spaniard, whose goal was only his second in 20 games, to miss a late penalty but Benítez insists that he has been pleased with the striker’s efforts.

He said: “We have three penalty takers and we leave it to the players to decide. We’re pleased he Torres took the responsibility – it shows he has the confidence.

“The goal was important for him but mostly for the team. He is scoring a lot in training sessions.”

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Petr Cech says the Blues drew confidence from their second-half fightback at Old Trafford at the weekend after finding themselves in a losing position once again.

He told ITV: “When it went to 1-1 we had to score twice but at the weekend we managed to get a 2-0 deficit at Old Trafford so we believed we would get the goals.

“Fernando was working hard and he took his chance well. It’s a pity the penalty didn’t go in for him but we scored the three goals we needed and we’re through.

“We are at the stage where every game is a final because we’re chasing third and have the Europa League and FA Cup. We have a lot of games and it’s not easy at times but we’ll keep fighting.”

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