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 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final against Paraguay tomorrow.
The Liverpool forward has failed to hit the back of the net for the European champions in their opening four games, after an injury-hit domestic season for his English club, which him saw head to South Africa in the wake of a knee problem.
Torres has so far failed to live up to expectations, but 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."
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. "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," he said when asked how he felt about his limited game time.
"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 is expecting a tough match against Paraguay when the two teams meet in Johnannesburg tomorrow. "As we know, it is a very competitive team. They love to fight and they're going to fight to the end."
Brazil were knocked out of the competition by the Netherlands earlier today and Fabregas insisted there would be no such repeat by the Spaniards. The two-time European Championship winners, who are looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1950, had been major underachievers on the world stage until they claimed their second continental crown in 2008.
Fabregas added: "I think Spain has had sufficient lessons taught in the past. We know that in football anything is possible and if somebody has learnt something, it is Brazil. They always make it to the final, they're not used to being knocked out at this stage.
"Making it to the quarter-final of the World Cup is extremely important. The team and I are motivated. What happened two years ago is no longer relevant. The important thing is that Spain makes it to the semi-finals. But as I said, we have gone through many, many experiences of this kind before and we will be looking to like history."