Jan 20, 2013 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
2-1
Arsenal
Lampard (16' pen.), Mata (6')
Mata (66'), Cole (87')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Walcott (58')
Szczesny (16')

Rafael Benitez hails 'fantastic' Fernando Torres

Benitez hails 'fantastic' Torres
© PA Photos
Rafael Benitez says that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was "fantastic" in the win over Arsenal, despite failing to score for the seventh consecutive match.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has labelled Fernando Torres as "fantastic" after his performance against Arsenal on Sunday.

First-half goals from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard were enough to give the Blues a 2-1 win over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge, in a game where Torres cut an lonely figure in attack.

The Spanish striker has now failed to score in his last seven games for the European champions, but Benitez believes that the 28-year-old is still playing well.

"Fernando Torres was great," said Benitez. "He was fantastic for the team. He was working so hard. We needed his effort, his runs, his movement to create the space for the second line.

"Obviously he didn't score but he did a great job. The addition of Demba Ba is something we didn't have before.

"For a month and a half we've had one striker, now we have two and that is great. It means we can manage the games and cope with a little bit more."

Chelsea travel to Swansea City for their Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard celebrates in front of the Chelsea fans after scoring a penalty and his team's second goal against Arsenal on January 20, 2013
Read Next:
Result: Chelsea hold on to beat Arsenal
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand