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Torres: Rafa is key

Fernando Torres has pinpointed Rafa Benitez's management style as a key factor in his return to goalscoring form for Chelsea.

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Torres, 28, has scored five goals in three games, including a second half strike in the 3-1 Club World Cup win against Monterrey on Thursday, and has said he believes Benitez's arrival at Stamford Bridge is paying dividends.

"As a team, we are getting better and coming together as one unit," Torres said. "We're working better both defensively and offensively. It's about the team. This season we have a team made up of better quality players.

"We have had a hard time this season, but since Rafa Benitez came in as a coach it is coming together and we are showing more determination.

"As a team we are getting better, and individually I feel much better and am scoring consistently. Hopefully I can keep this going and score again on Sunday."

Torres wants to continue his fine form into the Club World Cup final against Brazilian side Corinthians at the weekend and help Chelsea become champions of both Europe and the world.

The Blues have a number of Brazilians within their ranks, including Oscar, Ramires and David Luiz, who have helped convince Torres of the importance of winning the trophy.

"It's a very important tournament, especially for the South Americans," he explained. "It is their childhood dream, and we Europeans must learn to treat the tournament in the same way.

"I saw their semi-final. Their defence is very tight. They are hoping to win this title again, but for us it would be the first title in this tournament and I would like to win it. It will be a very difficult game, but I will do my best."


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