Football - Benitez points way for future

Interim manager Rafael Benitez hopes Fernando Torres and Chelsea have turned the corner after Wednesday night's impressive Champions League performance against Nordsjaelland.


The Blues collected their first win since Benitez's appointment in style, with Torres netting twice in a comprehensive 6-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the impressive display, the result proved futile as Juventus' win at Shakhtar Donetsk saw Chelsea become the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage and their embarrassing display overall in Europe compounds the poor domestic form that has seen them go seven league games without a win.

"I'm sure that, playing at this level, we can do whatever we want, but we have to start that in the next game," he said, looking ahead to the trip to Sunderland.

"My idea is one game at a time, but if you remember the four games we've already played there was only 45 minutes we did not play at the right level.

"Manchester City was a difficult game but we performed more or less against one of, if not the, best teams in the Premier League. Against Fulham we could have won and had a lot of chances, too. The first half against West Ham was good so everything I am seeing from the players is good, is positive."

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