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Spain’s disastrous journey in the 2014 World Cup saw them being unable on advancing any further than the group stages as the team of Vicente del Bosque suffered a shocking defeat against Chile while Netherlands managed to blast 5 goals past Iker Casillas.
Fernando Torres was featured on all the matches of their group stages campaign but failed on making any kind of impact with the Spanish squad as the only victory that Spain that managed on claiming was against Australia and it was the sole match that the Chelsea player did not appear.
The former star of Liverpool announced to the media that the Spanish squad will be able to bounce back from their recent disappointing campaign and that every generation of players reach their end sooner or later.
“Any analysis carried out without letting a few days go by would be a mistake. We will listen to many different opinions, but I assure you that the group is hungry and hurt. We will bounce back even stronger because the players coming through are winners and I hope that many players who are in this World Cup will be able to carry on over the next years. This era had to end at one time or another. You can’t win forever. Luckily, we can now look back and see what we have achieved over the last years. Before, when we were knocked out, there was nothing to look back on. Now we have a World Cup and two European Championships won by this group of players” Torres said.
The Spanish squad has a series of veteran players such as: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso some of those performers have already been retired from playing in the international stage and the new generation of players are expected to step it up and lead the way for the years to come.
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The career of Fernando Torres suffered a huge blow since the moment he left Liverpool and joined Chelsea as the Spanish striker has struggled trying to score goals in Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea paid €50 million for Torres as they lured him away from Liverpool and during his debut season with his new club, he made 14 league appearances but only managed to score on 1 occasion.
Torres has already spent 4 seasons as a Chelsea player but has failed to score more than 8 league goals in a single campaign but even with his recent struggles, the former Liverpool star was named in Vicente del Bosque’s list of players that will represent Spain at the World Cup and he is delighted about being given this opportunity.
‘’It’s very nice to be back with the national team. I’ve gone a year without being with La Roja, since the Confederations Cup. I knew that anything could happen. I was only hoping to hear my name. I knew that I could’ve been here or not, but now I have a better chance of being in Brazil. It’s been a difficult year but I finished the season very well’’.
I’m grateful for the words of Vicente, who has valued my performances in the final phases. On a personal level, it’s been the same. But to be here with Spain is a great prize. I’ve played less minutes than in other seasons and, maybe, that could be good to be better physically. I feel very good. I’m happy and looking forward to getting started’’. Fernando Torres stated.
Torres will be joined by Diego Costa, Silva, Iniesta and Xavi as those will be the main attacking players of Vicente del Bosque and the Spanish squad.
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Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has stated that the club are looking to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in the summer. The Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order in recent months at the club after his failure to capture his Liverpool form. He has managed just five goals in the league throughout the season. He appears to have lost his pace and finishing abilities since his move to Chelsea. Hence, it is believed that the club are widely looking to cut their losses and sell the star in the summer.
Inter Milan have been mooted as a possible destination with the Italian outfit showing a lot of interest. They are trying to rebuild the squad and they get back to the Champions League. They have already signed Vidic on a free transfer from Manchester United. Ausilio says that Torres is the next target on their minds. Inter have also been linked with a move for Bacary Sagna. The 30-year-old Torres only has two years left on his contract, while the club are believed to be on the verge of signing Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
This would further lower him down the pecking order with Romelu Lukaku set to return to the club after a successful loan spell at Everton.
“Yes, he is a player we’re following. Torres’s career speaks for itrself – the titles he has won and the teams in which he has played. It’s all about whether he has the right motivation and the desire to be part of a new ambitious project,” said the club director regarding the summer transfer activity of the Italian Giants. Despite the presence of Walter Mazzarri, Inter had once again set to end the season in a disappointing fashion. They are fifth in the table with Europa League place also under threat.
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Pressure is extremely high on Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado after the Spaniard has failed to produce the goals since his £ 26 million move from Valencia in the summer. He was expected to be the club’s main source of goals after the departure of Gareth Bale. However, he has only a handful of goals since joining the club and with most of them coming from the penalty spot. He is in danger of losing his position to Emmanuel Adebayor, who was out of favour under former manager Andre Villas-Boas. Since the appointment of Tim Sherwood, Adebayor has returned to the starting line-up and has been scoring regularly.
Villas-Boas says that he can compare the situation faced by Soldado to the one experienced by Fernando Torres at Chelsea. The Spaniard has never been the same player since moving to Chelsea for a British transfer record fee of £ 50 million. There have been suggestions that the former Atletico Madrid man has failed to cope with the huge transfer fee on his shoulders. Soldado has not yet scored for Tottenham in 2014 and he was left on the bench for the big match against Chelsea last weekend.
Torres also endured similar struggles and he has been looking to get back to his former glory days ever since. Villas-Boas says Soldado needs luck in order to turn his form around.
“It’s also happened to Fernando Torres. In the Premier League it is very important the impact you made at the beginning. Soldado started the season well but he has failed to keep the regularity in terms of goals. That is crucial in a player’s adaptation to English football. His movements and his qualities as a scorer are tremendous. I’m sure his time will arrive. Maybe a little later than he expected but he has the quality to do it,” said Villas-Boas.