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World Cup 2010: Del Bosque keeps faith with Torres

David Villa scores for Spain

Highlights - Spain 1-0 Portugal

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has "full confidence" in striker Fernando Torres ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Paraguay.

Torres has not scored in the tournament despite featuring in all four of Spain's games but Del Bosque will stick with the Liverpool striker on Saturday.

"Our striker right now is Fernando Torres," said Del Bosque.

"He's played four games, a lot of minutes and will play more. We've got full confidence in him."

Torres began the tournament in South Africa short of fitness after returning from knee surgery in April.

David Villa and Sergio Ramos

Spanish stars plan 'romantic' football

And after struggling in the first half of the last-16 game against Portugal, Del Bosque replaced Torres with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente with the score locked at 0-0.

The powerfully-built Llorente twice went close to scoring and was involved in the build-up to David Villa's winning goal, earning him plaudits in the Spanish media.

But he played down his chances of starting ahead of Torres against Paraguay.

"I wasn't expecting all this praise but I was keen to get a chance," said 25-year-old Llorente.

"It has all been really nice and playing a part in such an morale-boosting victory was even better.

"There are some incredible players in this team and those on the bench also deserve to play which makes it complicated.

"Everyone deserves it but the coach decides and we just have to be ready when he calls on us."



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see also
Paraguay coach keen to test Spain
01 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Struggling Torres backed by Villa
30 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Chile coach bemoans sending off
25 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Honduras bow to 'superior' Spain
21 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Torres out for rest of the season
19 Apr 10 |  Liverpool
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