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Torres buoyed by form

Striker was on target for Spain against South Korea

ESPN staff

Fernando Torres has been looking like his former best© Getty Images

Fernando Torres is positive with regards his goalscoring form ahead of Spain's defence of their European Championship crown.

Torres, 28, has struggled to reach his previous world-class displays over the last two years, with his performances for Chelsea since signing from Liverpool for £50 million coming in for criticism.

The forward has, however, demonstrated flashes of his best in recent months, impressing for the Blues in the latter weeks of the season ahead of this summer's Euro 2012 tournament. And his improvement will aid his battle with Fernando Llorente for a starting berth for Spain at Poland and Ukraine after David Villa was ruled out through injury.

"I have been feeling very good," Torres told AS. "Training has gone well. What I want is for my goals to help the team.

"I hope we can celebrate in the final and that when we have finished the championship only Raul and El Guaje (David Villa) will be ahead in the list of scorers. I have got through complicated moments and I feel fine."

Torres, who was on target in Spain's 4-1 friendly win over South Korea, trails third-placed Fernando Hierro by a solitary strike in his nation's all-time goalscorers' list.


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