Rafael Benitez: 'Goal was important for Fernando Torres'

Chelsea's Fernando Torres sporting a new haircut in action during the match against Arsenal on January 20 , 2013
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Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez is hopeful that Fernando Torres's strike against Steaua Bucuresti will bring him back to form.

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez is confident that Fernando Torres's strike against Steaua Bucuresti will spur the striker back to form.

The 28-year-old scored his second goal in 20 games against the Romanian side but also missed a late penalty in the match, as his side advanced to quarter-finals of the Europa League.

"[The goal] was important for him," Benitez told reporters. "It was important - the main thing - for the team. We knew he was working really hard, he was training really well.

"Two days ago he was scoring a lot of goals in training. We knew he was close. Hopefully it will be the first of a lot."

The draw for the last eight of the Europa League will be made later today.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez smiles prior to kick-off against Sparta Prague on February 21, 2013
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