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Fernando Torres calls on Spain to ditch tika-taka style

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Fernando Torres has claimed that if Spain are to have any chance of keeping their World Cup dream alive, they must ditch their tika-taka style of play.

The current world champions play an impressive Chile side in Rio de Janeiro tonight in what is a make-or-break moment after coming off the back of a demoralising 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their opening game.

Never has there been a team to qualify from their group after losing by four goals or more, however, history could well favour the Spanish as they lost their opening match against Switzerland in 2010, only to go on and win the tournament. 

Vicente del Bosque's team will face a formidable Chilean attack in what is possibly their most important game to date and Torres feels that they may have to sacrifice their usual tactics to win the game.

The Chelsea man, who could well replace Diego Costa upfront tonight, told reporters: "I hope we will be able to win in our usual style and play to a high level - but if we cannot win like that we have to win any way we can, because otherwise we go home."

If Spain were to lose, it would almost guarantee their premature exit from the competition which was unthinkable for the fans before the World Cup began. Andres Iniesta has also explained how they will need to up the tempo of their play to compete with Chile.

"We will have to adapt to our opponents. Chile are a difficult team. We will have to defend and fight one against one", Iniesta told reporters.

"We must be able to make the right passes so we can score goals. Probably sometimes we will have to be faster, sometimes we will have to control the ball. But we will have to give our best. That's the only way we can win."

Spain are in line to make several key changes tonight if they are to stop themselves following in the footsteps of former champions France and Italy who both crashed out in the group stage four years after lifting the prestigious trophy. 

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