Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Cesc Fabregas backing Torres to hit goal trail

Cesc Fabregas has no doubt his Spain team-mate Fernando Torres will soon be over his goal drought and is expecting the striker to play a key role in the World Cup quarter-final against Paraguay today.

The Liverpool forward has endured a poor campaign so far, failing to hit the back of the net for the European champions in their opening four games.

It came after an injury-hit domestic season for his English club, which him saw head to South Africa in the wake of a knee problem.

He has so far failed to live up to expectations and Fabregas said: “This boy is accustomed to this kind of situation. He's accustomed to all these situations because he's been under pressure ever since he was a little boy.

“He is very much at ease and I think tomorrow he will have a possibility to showcase his talents to see whether he can take this team to the highest possible ranks.”

Arsenal midfielder Fabregas has hardly featured for Vicente del Bosque's side so far, making two brief second-half appearances in two of their games and completely missing out on the other two.

Asked how he felt the limited game-time, he continued: “The important thing is motivating yourself and believing that you will make it to the pitch, that you will be important during the match and you are really strong for the team.

“Because today, perhaps you play, perhaps you don't play. You must be able to feel it that you will be able to do something in the match. If you are not being fielded, you must celebrate your friends and enjoy it.”

Fabregas was also expecting a tough match against the South Americans.

“We're used to playing teams like this,” he said. “Many of these players play in Europe we know them, so we're quite at ease.

“As we know, it is a very competitive team. They love to fight and they're going to fight to the end.”

The two-time European Championship winners, looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1950, had been major underachievers until they claimed their second continental crown in 2008.

He added: “We know that in football anything is possible. The important thing is that Spain makes it to the semi-finals.”

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