As another World Cup approaches the squads are announced and once again the inclusion of Fernando Torres has raised a few eyebrows. Spain are one of the luckiest countries in the world when it comes to producing world class footballers and whenever tournament squads are announced there’s always a number of surprises, but time and time again the issue of strikers rears its head.
Vincente del Bosque has guided Spain to World Cup and European Championship victory and during his reign he has had faith in Fernando Torres to do the job, but it’s only been since his move to Chelsea people have started to question the inclusion 'El Nino'. Obviously his record at Chelsea isn’t the greatest and has come nowhere near justifying his £50million transfer fee - 20 goals in 110 appearances is worse than his national record of 37 goals in 107 appearances, but he has scored a number of important goals.
He scored in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in 2012 and a year later he scored in the Europa League final against Benfica, he has shown a number of times that he can play to the occasion and can provide a moment of brilliance that changes a game in an instant, yet del Bosque still receives criticism.
The last time the manager of La Roja came under scrutiny for including Torres was in the 2012 European campaign, he wasn’t playing the best football at Liverpool or Chelsea but he still went to the Euros and won the golden boot. In 2013 he was included in the Confederations Cup squad and again came away with the Golden Boot, two Golden Boots from two consecutive tournaments is impressive by anyone's standards, and with his history of scoring important goals for Spain it’s surprising such a big deal is made of his inclusion for Brazil 2014.
Obviously Spain have a vast selection of top quality strikers that could have gone to Brazil - Alvaro Negredo, David Villa, Diego Costa, Fernando Llorente and Michu, to name just a few - but Del Bosque clearly has his favourites and has faith in David Villa and Fernando Torres to do the job. Villa and Torres always seem to provide something, be it goals or assists, and the relationship they have with each other it makes sense to take them both to Brazil.
David Villa was quoted saying “We complement each other very well. We get on well on the pitch and very well off it too. We're a good partnership. We both chase down defenders, put pressure on and fight to create chances for each other.”
Their record as a duo is reason even to take them, regardless of club performances these two have helped Spain win the biggest trophy in football once and with Diego Costa being added to an already formidable line up it's easy to see why Spain are considered one of the favourites to lift the World Cup again.
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