Del Bosque concerned by Torres form
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has spoken of his concern about Fernando Torres' struggles ahead of UEFA EURO 2012. Torres was a key member of the Spain squad that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2008 but the 27-year-old's chances of going to Ukraine and Poland this summer could be hit by his lack of success at Chelsea over the last 12 months .
Torres became the most expensive player transferred between British clubs when he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea a year ago, but the former Atletico Madrid man has found goals and form hard to come by so far at Stamford Bridge. When asked about Torres, Del Bosque told AS newspaper: "It's a concern. He isn't playing much...there are five months to go to the European Championships, in which everything can turn around.
"But if the situation doesn't change it's going to be difficult for him. Fernando deserves respect for his career, and he has our confidence. But if he doesn't play...well, time will tell. If he plays and he's fine he will go to the Euros. He has contributed to the success we've had and he has some leeway."
Torres, who is aware of Del Bosque's fears, could have the ideal opportunity to push his case over the next month as fellow Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to be on African Cup of Nations duty, while Nicolas Anelka is moving to China. Another striking worry for Del Bosque is the serious injury sustained by David Villa earlier this month, with the Barcelona player suffering a broken shinbone which is set to keep him sidelined for between four and five months.
That means that the prolific hitman faces a race to be fit for the start of EURO 2012. Del Bosque said: "He's Spain's leading goalscorer and he's got us out of trouble many times. Villa is important, but the doctors are optimistic and so is he. We'll see."