High flying Chelsea take on Premier League bottom dwellers Queens Park Rangers at home on the 2 nd of January as they look to continue their fine form after registering their fourth win in succession in the Premier League under interim manager Rafael Benitez with a come from behind 2-1 victory against an extremely resolute Everton side. Benitez’s arrival has seen a change of fortunes for the London side and in spite of their struggles in some of the matches; they have managed to squeeze out results when necessary, just as they did during their glory years under a certain Portuguese manager by the name of
With the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar rested for the match against Everton, it is highly likely that Rafa will give a start to at least one of these two new summer signings as he looks to keep the squad fresh with matches coming up thick and fast for the Pensioners. The defense was an area of concern for the Spanish manager, who has still not been accepted with open arms by the Chelsea faithful and the Spaniard knows that the only way to bring these fans to their side is winning constantly, as they have been doing over the past few games.
Fernando Torres, who has been misfiring for a long time since his arrival at Chelsea in the winter transfer window of 2011 has been finding the back of the net on a more or less regular interval under a manager that he knows so well and worked for so long under at Liverpool and with fellow Spaniard Juan Mata pulling the strings in midfield, Torres is slowly and steadily getting back to his very best. The match against Queens Park Rangers at home will provide him with the chance to get his confidence high again against the weakest defense in the Premier League and if he does manage to find the back of the net against the side from Loftus Road, it will do a world of good to the confidence of the entire Chelsea team as their faith in the player will be renewed.
Chelsea will still need to be wary of their fellow London side knowing that they tend to slip up against the unlikeliest of opposition but a win is something that is more on the cards than any other result as they look to challenge the Manchester sides.