Originally written on Finishers Forum  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Other than both sets of supporters acting out in increasingly more dramatic shows of victory and defeat after the final whistle, the night’s best performances probably belong to Juan Mata and the progressively more “rugged” Fernando Torres. With Mata finally able to create from more entry passes received in the second half and Torres able to use physical play to prolong possession in the final third (and ultimately score), Torres and the Mata-dor managed to do just enough offensively to unlock Benfica’s defense. Torres’ matchup with Luisao in particular, at the heart of Benfica’s backline, has to be encouraging for those hoping Fernando has made the needed adjustments to his “life in the slow lane” forward’s existence. Since he came to Chelsea, and more importantly since he sustained those career redefining injuries with Liverpool, we have only seen his more brutish target man persona come out in spurts, almost like he’s expecting that glide past defenders speed to return at any mom...
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