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Del Bosque backing Torres

June 27, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has defended Fernando Torres after the striker's stuttering performances at the World Cup finals.

Fernando Torres
GettyImagesFernando Torres has yet to find the net

While fellow forward David Villa has been among the goals, Torres has struggled to get close to the target never mind score. But his manager feels he still has an important role to play.

Torres, who had a knee operation in April, has looked off the pace throughout and is clearly suffering from a lack of confidence.

"What's important is that he's played in the three games and has progressed in his preparation,'' Del Bosque said. "He's a player who, even though he hasn't scored goals, he benefits us as someone who makes it hard for opposing defences and who is always a threat to the other team. He's a very dangerous player.''

Torres himself admits he is not yet back to full fitness, telling Radio Marca: "I'm still lacking a bit, it's not easy to return after an operation. I think I'm still a little away from being 100%, although I'm close.''

Torres, who was substituted ten minutes into the second half against Chile having complained of a muscular problem at the break, added: "We're ready for whatever comes. We are where we wanted to be, living the opportunity that we dreamed of.

"We only need to look ahead, be optimistic, positive and show the people what we are capable of. We have confidence in ourselves. (However) anything can happen, so we will need to be more focused than ever. We've all seen the level that this team have and we know that we haven't reached that yet.''