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
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.”