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Sprint coach Darren Campbell says he can 'fix' Chelsea's Fernando Torres

Updated: Friday, 30 Nov 2012 11:03 | Comments

Torres briefly worked with Darren Campbell during his first year at Stamford Bridge Campbell won gold in the 4x100m at the Athens Games in 2004
Torres briefly worked with Darren Campbell during his first year at Stamford Bridge Campbell won gold in the 4x100m at the Athens Games in 2004

Former Olympic sprint champion Darren Campbell has claimed he could solve Fernando Torres's goalscoring problems for Chelsea.

Campbell, who won gold in the 4x100m at the Athens Games eight years ago, believes Torres needed just a fortnight's specialist training to recover most of his lost pace.

Torres briefly worked with Campbell during his first year at Stamford Bridge, prior to the departure of Dr Bryan English as Chelsea's medical director during Andre Villas-Boas's reign.

Interim manager Rafael Benitez suggested on Tuesday that Torres needed to do gym work to regain his explosive power.

Campbell, a sprint coach in football and rugby union, told the Daily Telegraph: "It's something that is best done in pre-season but I think Fernando just needs two weeks when he hasn't got to worry about playing on the Saturday and just put in a nice two-week training programme that I think would definitely bring the majority of his speed back. I'm sure I could fix him."

"I think Fernando just needs two weeks when he hasn't got to worry about playing" - Darren Campbell

He added: "It doesn't have to be a lengthy process because these guys are already extremely fit. That's the great thing about working with footballers and rugby players. You're not having to worry about the base fitness so you just go in and teach the raw speed.

"In the case of Fernando, I think he would also probably need to do a bit of weightlifting as well as the running and the speed drills to put some power back into his muscles. That's why sprinters lift weights, to gain that explosive speed and power."

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