By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's decision to dispense with Roberto Di Matteo and hire Rafa Benitez was met by outrage from most of the club's supporters.
Some Blues fans and a sizeable portion of Liverpool followers believed that Benitez's appointment was made with Torres in mind, as the former Atletico Madrid striker played some of his best football under his compatriot during the duo's days at Anfield.
Nevertheless, Neville revealed that he was not optimistic with Benitez's chances of getting Torres back to his goal-scoring best.
"The consensus seems to be that the logic in bringing in Rafa Benitez is that he is there to get Fernando Torres back to his former self. To me, that is missing the main point," he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
"Forget that. It's not going to happen. Torres has been playing like he has for two-and-a-half years now. That's not a dip in form; it's a change in the player. He has to adapt his game now to make up for the fact that he can't glide past defenders as he used to."
The former full-back also predicted that Ramires would become a key player in Benitez's plans for the Blues.
"I think Ramires could become Chelsea's key man in the next three weeks. When Chelsea were successful last season, we saw Ramires against Napoli and Barcelona, play in those wide areas, running up and down for 90 minutes. He can do the job Dirk Kuyt used to do for Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, by getting into attacking positions but with a willingness to track back quickly to close off those spaces," Neville explained.
"I believe Rafa Benitez's instincts would be to bring in [Oriol] Romeu or Frank Lampard, when fit, in a holding midfield role alongside Mikel and Ramires on the right, with Hazard on the left, leaving out Oscar. In the long term, that is the direction Chelsea will be going."
Chelsea welcome derby rivals Fulham to Stamford Bridge in their Premier League fixture on Wednesday.