Torres poser for Chelsea boss

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 9:17 GMT

Rafael Benitez has told Fernando Torres he may have to start pumping iron if he was serious about proving he could be Chelsea's £50million man of steel.

Fernando Torres: Short of goals
Fernando Torres: Short of goals

Interim Blues boss Benitez admitted he did not know whether Torres could recapture the glory days that convinced the Blues to make him the most expensive player ever transferred between British clubs almost two years ago but claimed his fellow Spaniard needed to get fitter to stand any chance of doing so.

Benitez, who helped Torres become one of the best strikers in the world at Liverpool, acknowledged the 28-year-old was not the same player he had been before joining Chelsea.

But he insisted the striker could still make himself an asset rather than a liability at Stamford Bridge, and to do so, he needed to get down the gym.

"We have to improve some players physically and they will come back to maybe the strength they had," Benitez said, insisting age or injuries had nothing to do with Torres's loss of explosive pace.

"He has to train in a way that suits him. We will try to find this way. It's a question of time, but we know we have to change the movements we're working.

"You have to work in the gym on strength. Maybe he needs to do that again.

"The first thing is to give him some confidence, instructions as to how he can do things in a different way, improve him a little bit physically," said Benitez, who wants Torres' team-mates to create more chances for the striker and win the ball back more quickly in defence.

"You need to be stronger in defence, regain the ball easier and then you can create your own chances. That will benefit Torres.

"Players with mobility, quality... we can improve all these things."

He added: "If, afterwards, he's not scoring I will analyse why and we will continue."

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