Spain forward David Villa has defended his strike partner Fernando Torres and insists he is "totally convinced" the Liverpool forward will regain his scoring touch.
Vicente Del Bosque's side meet Iberian rivals Portugal in tomorrow's World Cup last-16 clash in Cape Town with Villa having scored three goals from as many matches. Torres, however, has yet to find the net in South Africa having only recovered from a knee injury just before the tournament.
Villa insists the squad are oblivious to negative reviews of Torres' performances so far.
"First of all I haven't really heard any criticism of Fernando and I certainly don't share a view of his performances being lacklustre," said the Barcelona-bound striker.
"Perhaps he hasn't scored a goal but he's done spectacular work. He really is very happy in the squad, he's made an enormous effort to help this team. Let's remember what state he was in with his knee a month ago.
"He is supporting the team with his play, so I'm very thankful to him and I think his performances have been very good.
"He is doing some excellent work, but forwards are always measured by the goals they score and I'm totally convinced that if he continues working as well as he is, he will score goals."
Villa added: "He had that at the European Championship, he scored goals in the later stages although he hadn't scored many at the beginning.
"He's very happy, he's always with us and he's always going to be contributing very positively to the side."
Coach Del Bosque believes the Liverpool striker's best is yet to come.
"I think he has been very good," said the Spain boss. "He only played 30 minutes or so in the first match and then more in the next two. I think that's been very good because now he has fresh legs and we're hoping he puts on a top show tomorrow."
Del Bosque, who inherited the current generation from Euro 2008-winning boss Luis Aragones, insists his side will not focus too closely on Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I don't think we should become obsessed with Ronaldo," he said. "We have to centre our attention on Portugal as a team because they have shown defensively and offensively that they are a very competent squad.
"Thanks to the work carried out by their coach, Carlos Queiroz, they have come to this World Cup in top form."
Del Bosque hopes to have Xabi Alonso fit after a niggling injury but will wait to see how the Basque midfielder reacts to today's training session overnight.