Juan Mata backs Fernando Torres to shine for Spain

Juan Mata voices his support for Spain striker Fernando Torres despite his international goal drought

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Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August Photo: The Sport Review

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Juan Mata is confident striker Fernando Torres will soon rediscover his goalscoring touch for Spain.

The 27-year-old Chelsea striker has not found the net for his national side since June, with his last goal before that coming in September 2010.

But Torres’s new Chelsea team-mate has no doubts that the forward will soon start scoring for the world champions on a regular basis again.

“I live with Torres on a daily basis and he is really eager to score for both Chelsea and Spain,” Mata is quoted as saying by AS.com.

“He has played some excellent games for us and I am sure he will continue showing his good form.”

Spain, who have already booked their place at next summer’s Euro 2012 finals, play Scotland on Tuesday – and Mata believes their status as the world’s best national team acts as an incentive for their opponents.

“Those who play Spain always want to do well and it is an important game for them. They will want to create problems for us,” said Mata, who opened the scoring in Spain’s 2-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday.

“But, there are no easy games. In any case, you don’t just win just to be champions.”

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