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Benitez notes Torres' alternative value

Dec 05, 2012 9:43 AM GMT

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has backed misfiring striker Fernando Torres, hailing the forward's 'amazing' defensive contributions.

The Spaniard has yet to pick up a victory after three games in interim charge of the Blues and his side have only scored once so far under his stewardship.

But, despite a seemingly desperate lack of goals in the team, the 52-year-old highlighted the former Liverpool striker - who has started all three matches - as a key team player.

"Fernando is a great player and his team-mates know he's a great player," Benitez told reporters.

"He is doing a great job. He scored a lot of goals in training on Monday.

"It's not just scoring goals. We changed his position at corners and, if you analyse them, he was amazing.

"Two or three times he's cleared the ball and afterwards was doing man-to-man marking – because it's what he had to do. So he's helping the team to defend."