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Villa defends Spain team-mate Torres

June 30, 2010
By Soccernet staff

David Villa has defended Spain team-mate Fernando Torres against accusations that his World Cup performances have been disappointing.

Fernando Torres and David Villa
GettyImagesFernando Torres and David Villa have had contrasting tournaments

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Torres, who missed the conclusion of Liverpool's season due to knee surgery, is yet to score at the World Cup finals and also failed to register on the scoresheet during the country's comprehensive qualification campaign.

While Torres has been unconvincing for Vicente del Bosque's side and appears lacking in match practice, Villa is joint top of the goalscoring charts after his fourth goal of the tournament sent Spain into the quarter-finals at the expense of Portugal on Tuesday night.

Torres was replaced by Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente after 59 minutes in Cape Town and Spain took the lead within four minutes of the substitute's introduction, leading some to question whether Torres still merits a place in the team that will play Paraguay in the qaurter-finals.

But Villa, who has been cutting in from the left to allow Torres to operate in the centre, feels the Liverpool striker has justified his inclusion with his performances for the team.

"We know what state his knee was in a month ago and I don't agree with those who say that Fernando Torres's performances have been below par," Villa said.

"The only blame you can pin on him in the opening stages is that he hasn't scored. His desire to be with the team has been spectacular."