Fernando Torres is simply special at winning cup competitions. The Spaniard has the lot – from the Europa League to the Champions League at club level, and European Championships to World Cups at international level. It is safe to assume that he knows what he’s talking.
He says that the current Spanish team is better than the title winning teams of 2008, 2010, and 2012. Torres is no longer the player who scored the winning goal at the Euro 2008. Indeed, several Spanish players appear to be past their best. David Villa is another example, although he just won the league title with Atletico Madrid. Still, the 30-year-old says that Spain are confident of winning the title. He said:
“Everyone knows how strong they are as a team and especially in their own country.
“We have the experience of the Confederations’ Cup and how difficult it is to play here, especially for us because people see Spain as one of the contenders and the atmosphere is really hard.
“But who said it was going to be easy? It’s going to be difficult to play in the weather conditions and against South American teams.”
Torres is unlikely to be a starter for Spain this time around, as soon-to-be Chelsea signing Diego Costa will be the main man. He continued:
“It is strange because since we won the World Cup, the team have got better and better. We were able to win the European Championships. No one thought a team could win three tournaments in a row — we did.
“The next step is to keep making history. We can do something that nobody has done and if they want to do it in the future they will have to wait a minimum of eight years. This is the way we think. We have the chance be even better.
Only Brazil have retained the World Cup title and it shows how difficult it is to achieve this feat. Spain are in the group containing Netherlands, Chile, and Australia. Their first match of the tournament is against Netherlands – a repeat of the World Cup 2010 finals.