Spanish striker Fernando Torres has said that the national team should learn from the mistakes we have made in the past.

The Spanish team will be taking on France in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012 knowing that the French have been able to avoid defeat against the Spanish in the last seven encounters between the two nations.

The most high-profile encounter between the two came in the 2006 World Cup when the two meet each other on the group stages. Back then, the French national team had the likes of the 35-year-old Zinedine Zidane, which was highly criticised by the Spanish media.

However, they were made to eat in their own words after the French defeated them 3-1 in the group stages, while also going to win the World Cup in the process. Fernando Torres has said that the Spanish national team should learn from this mistake and not be complacent against the French team that now features a lot of youngsters.

The French will be coming into the match after having recently lost their unbeaten run, which stretched to a record 22 matches. Laurent Blanc's men lost 2-0 in the final group match against Sweden, which has now made them play against Spain instead of Steven Gerrard's England.

"That day France taught us a good lesson which helped us to grow up as a team, even if only a few players remain from that time. We will hope that this time, our experience will tilt the balance of the game in our favour. France are a great side who perhaps didn't have their finest day against Sweden. We hope that against us they won't return to their best form, but if they do so we will be ready. These days, Spain, at its best, is very hard to beat," said Fernando Torres.


Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo has suggested that he might consider the possibility of playing both Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres in the final of the Champions League against Bayern Munich on May 19.

This is arguably the biggest match in the history of Chelsea, but Roberto di Matteo has revealed that he may make some changes to the team in order to overcome the suspensions.

Chelsea have four important players suspended for the final in the form of John Terry, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles. As a result, they are extremely weak in the defensive positions.

Roberto di Matteo has revealed that he might try to counter-attack by going for an offensive formation that includes both Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres, despite the fact that they both are yet to score a single goal in 19 occasions they have been on the field together.

The 19th time came in the weekend against Blackburn Rovers when Roberto di Matteo played both the strikers, but they failed to score this time around as well. Bayern Munich are also suffering from suspensions, but injuries to David Luiz and Gary Cahill mean that Chelsea are even worse in terms of luck when compared to Bayern Munich.

"I tried a few things to just have a look and see how it could work out. It's always difficult because obviously it's going to be a different opposition. But I've been trying to figure out a few things," Roberto di Matteo said after the Blackburn match. However, it is extremely tough to see him changing the formation of the team that has been so effective since his arrival a few months ago. Didier Drogba is the favourite to start the match, which will also likely to be his last for Chelsea.


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that Fernando Torres is not present at Chelsea just to score goals, but to also create them as well.

Fernando Torres has come under intense criticism following his £ 50 million move to Chelsea. So far, the striker has scored only five goals in 30 matches for the club, which is one of the worst records you may find in the Premier League at the moment. Many expected Torres to come back fit and ready this season, but he has been overshadowed by the sparkling form shown by young striker Daniel Sturridge.

Now, the remarkable comments from Andre Villas-Boas is certainly going to attract some attention due to the fact that Fernando Torres is the most expensive British transfer ever. Perhaps, one of the main reasons for Fernando Torres failing is because the club did not make proper diligence when it comes to signing him.

He is often regarded as the pet purchase for owner Roman Abramovich, and as a result, managers did not exactly have a great say when it came to signing him. Fernando Torres is used to playing alongside Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, but here at Chelsea, he is employed as a lone striker. This exactly was the problem with Andre Shevchenko a few years ago and the transfer never really worked.

However, Villas-Boas reckons that Fernando Torres is much more important to the team than just his goals. “You are isolating two years to vent your opinion-making. Isolate the last four months with the goals he’s scored. In that time Torres has scored four goals in 12 matches, is that an adequate return? It’s not bad. A striker is not just there to put the ball in the net. He’s there to perform and create,” he stated.

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