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Byline: EXCLUSIVE By RICHARD EDWARDS

RAFA BENITEZ'S arrival at Stamford Bridge will do little to lighten the gloom surrounding Fernando Torres.

That's the view of Raddy Antic, manager at Atletico Madrid when the striker known as El Nino, was tearing up the record books for the club's youth team.

Torres scored 91 goals for the Spanish giants before leaving a similarly indelible mark at Anfield after Benitez brought him to Liverpool in 2007.

He scored 33 goals in his first season on Merseyside and crowned his year with the winning goal for Spain in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany in Vienna.

That seems a long time ago now for a man who has mustered just 11 league goals since arriving at Stamford Bridge for a record PS50m almost two years ago. Antic (above) believes that it will take more than Benitez's arrival for that strike rate to improve - particularly as the former Liverpool manager tries to win over the fans.

Antic said: "The most difficult thing for the new coach is to get those fans on side because without that happening I don't think it really matters who is in the Chelsea side.

"He has other priorities ahead of getting Torres back to his best. The team haven't been playing for Torres since he arrived from Liverpool.

"They have never played in a way that suits him. He's not one of those players who can make his own chances, he's a player that relies heavily on his teammates to create chances for him and that just simply hasn't happened.

"I'm not sure whether the arrival of Benitez will make any difference to Fernando, or to Chelsea. I'm extremely sceptical."

Torres cut almost as forlorn a figure as Roberto Di Matteo in Turin on Tuesday after being dropped. When he finally came on against Juventus, he did little to suggest the 3-0 scoreline would have been any different had he started.

Antic added: "Strikers thrive on confidence and at the moment it's something he completely lacks."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2012
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