Jan 18 2013 By Yann Tear
RAFAEL Benitez expects to see Fernando Torres back to his very best quite soon, now the striking workload is being shared with Demba Ba.
Torres only played the last minutes of the midweek game against Southampton after Ba was given a first start for Chelsea at the Bridge and Chelsea's interim boss concedes his fellow Spaniard's form has dipped.
But at the same time, Benitez is very confident the Blues will soon see the off-colour ex Liverpool man firing on all cylinders.
“I'm sure Fernando will go back to his level and he will do well,” Benitez said.
“I think he was doing well when we just arrived. He was improving, he was scoring goals.
“But I think we have to see the big picture and that's why we signed Demba Ba. We signed Demba Ba because we wanted to have two options and rest Torres, who was playing so many games.
“Maybe he couldn't be at his best level and maybe we can say short term it's not good, but long term he will be much better, because we will have both and if he plays, he will be rested and will have more energy, so I think it will be good for the team and good for him.”
Torres came off the bench to play alongside Ba for the last 10 minutes against Southampton, and Benitez says playing both is still an option, even though resting his strikers is important.
“I did it the other night for 10 minutes at the end, but if you play two strikers, you have to change the shape of the team,” he said.
“It's something we can analyse. It depends on the games. But at least we can now play both together. Before, we couldn't.”