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Ba Will Improve Torres

Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez believes Demba Ba's arrival at Stamford Bridge will help bring out the best in fellow striker Fernando Torres.

Ba, who was signed for £7.5million from Newcastle last week, scored a brace on debut in his team's 5-1 demolition of Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

And while Ba and Torres are now competing for game-time depending on Benitez's tactics, the Blues trainer says Torres will benefit from a lighter work-load.

"Ba coming will be better for Torres, 100 per cent,” Benitez said in the Herald. “Not many players play every game in a top side, as he has had to, and now it will be positive for both of them.

“They will be fitter, maybe they will score more goals because they will have more chances and will be in better positions.

“Fernando is an experienced player and he knows football. We have spoken to both of them and they each know the role of the other, that they’ll have a lot of games and will have a big part to play.

“Every session I can see Fernando is training well and trying to improve. Even when he’s not scoring, he’s working hard and doing things for the team.

“We have tried to fix things to improve his strength, a specific programme. If you do that, normally he can be quicker. It takes time, and I think it’s improving.

“He’s a bit quicker, but the biggest problem was he was playing too many games. Especially against QPR, some players were a bit tired, had too much fatigue. But having both Torres and Ba means both can do well.”

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