Dec 7 2012 By Yann Tear
Sunderland v Chelsea - Saturday, 3pm
RAFA BENITEZ believes Fernando Torres, and the whole team, will have a spring in their step at Sunderland tomorrow (Saturday), even though they were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek.
Chelsea will again be without John Terry, and Frank Lampard may only be on the bench.
Also missing will be the injured Daniel Sturridge (hamstring), while John Obi Mikel sits out three games for aggressive behaviour towards ref Mark Clattenburg after that controversial home game against Man United in October.
But the interim boss believes the 6-1 rout of Danish side Nordsjaelland on Wednesday night will have a healing effect and help his team achieve the win they want on the eve of their departure for the FIFA Club World Cup.
“I thought the last game was really good,” Benitez said. “We can talk about the level of the other team, but the way that we played, and the intensity, the commitment, the passion was fantastic, so I was really pleased.
“We were disappointed after the game because we were out of the Champions League, but at the same time, we're really pleased with the performance and it's been very positive in terms of their mentality – the message they wanted to send across on how we wanted to play.”
Benitez continued: “Fernando had more chances and he scored two goals and hopefully he will score more goals in the next couple of games.
“For his confidence, to score is fantastic, but for me the main thing is if he can be involved and play well, it will also be easier for his team-mates to score more goals.
“He needed to score, but he also needed to play well. We need more goals from him, from Mata, from Hazard, from Oscar – all the offensive players – so we have to create more chances as a team.”