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Iniesta backs Torres

Barcelona midfielder full of support for his countrymen

Last Updated: 27/03/11 8:20pm

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Iniesta: Being supportive

Iniesta: Being supportive

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Andres Iniesta has launched a staunch defence of his Spain team-mate Fernando Torres after he drew a blank against the Czech Republic.

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Torres came on as a second-half substitute as his strike partner David Villa grabbed a brace to help the world champions claim a hard-fought 2-1 win on Friday.

Villa's double means he is now his country's record goalscorer, while the former Liverpool striker has yet to score since his £50million move to Chelsea in January.


But Iniesta is fervent in his belief that Torres' innate talent will again surface and praised the side of his game punters might not appreciate.

"Fernando is doing really well," he said.

"It's clear that strikers live to score, but in Granada he gave us plenty of things which people don't see such as hard work, helping out in defence and allowing others the space to play.

"He does work which is not noticed, but it is very fundamental for the team. As for goals, I think it's only a matter of time.

"He has always scored and will continue doing so and therefore there are no problems."

Iniesta's sentiments were echoed by his former Liverpool team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa, who now plays for Real Madrid.

Bad patch

"Fernando has been playing at the top level for many years and it's not the first time he has been through a bad patch in front of goal," he said.

"But when you are as good as him you don't need to worry. He needs to keep doing his job and the goals will come."

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