Fernando Torres: I don’t mind being a sub as long as Spain win
Fernando Torres insists he has no problem with being a substitute at Euro 2012 - as long as Spain are getting the right results
Fernando Torres insists he has no problem with being used as a substitute for Spain at Euro 2012 as long as the holders are winning games.
The Chelsea striker was handed his first start of the tournament on Thursday as Vicente del Bosque’s men thrashed the Republic of Ireland 4-0, with Torres grabbing a brace.
Torres, who has failed to find consistent form since swapping Liverpool for Chelsea in January 2011, was a substitute in Spain’s opener against Italy, when Del Bosque opted to deploy five midfielders in a line-up without a recognised striker.
But the 28-year-old forward insists he would not be concerned if he were dropped back to the bench for Spain’s next game against Croatia – as long as the result goes his side’s way.
He said: “I was lucky enough today [against Ireland] to be selected for the first 11 – two goals was nice – but if in the next game the manager decides to play without a striker that’s fine.
“The main thing is for Spain to reach the final and win this title again.
“It was not a disappointment [to be a substitute against Italy.] I know all my team-mates we have here, we are all playing in the best team in the world – at least we won the World Cup and the Euros.
“Anyone can play, so it’s not a disappointment to be on the bench with the kind of players in the team.
“We work in the training sessions to be in the starting XI, but if we can’t we have to give some help to our team-mates who start and hope to have the chance to go on from the bench and do something good for the team.
“Against Italy, it was not a good result for us, but the performance was really good from everyone.”
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