Torres hails Benitez's tactics

16 February 2009 04:04
iverpool striker Fernando Torres believes he has become a better player since moving to England due to the tactical nous of manager Rafa Benitez.

Former Atletico Madrid star Torres transferred to Anfield in July 2007 in a record-breaking deal before setting a new Premier League landmark of 24 goals for a foreign player in his debut campaign.

The Spain international has struggled with injuries this season, but has still managed to net on eight occasions in the league and the 24-year-old feels Benitez's tactical approach has been key.

"English football has been good to me because of its characteristics: it's fast, direct and there are very few stoppages, and that suits my game more than Spanish football," said Torres.

Surprise"My natural qualities - the speed, the power - fit the Premier League.

"I play as a number nine up alongside the centre-backs. If I played there in Spain, maybe it wouldn't suit me as I would hardly see the ball.

"Rafa was looking for a striker with my characteristics - someone quick who could surprise defenders and get behind them - but I had to learn too.

"For a lot of coaches the tactical side of the game doesn't matter that much but for Rafa it is fundamental; he is conscious of the way we set up, the movement, the organisation.

"I've learnt a lot. It's been a real pleasure for me to work with Rafa."

Source: SKY_Sports