Fernando Torres claims that any talk about Spain fixing their final Euro 2012 group game with Croatia is ‘disrespectful’.
A 2-2 draw or a higher-scoring stalemate would see both sides qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, putting Italy out of the tournament, which would be reminiscent of the ‘Nordic fix’ that occurred eight years ago when Sweden and Denmark similarly eliminated the Italians.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the match, Torres said: “To talk about this match being fixed is a lack of respect for Spain, as it is for Croatia.
“We know Croatia’s strengths and how to approach the game; we think we can play our game and win but we have respect for them.
“We know their strengths and how to approach the game; we think we can play our game and win the game but we have respect for them because Russia conceded one goal and you are out.”
Torres went on to reflect on the surprise developments in Group A on Saturday, which saw Russia exit the competition at the hands of Greece, and the Chelsea ace has called on Spain to not underestimate their opponents.
“As Russia showed, they conceded one goal and went out,” he said.
“I think the Russia result is a wakeup call for all the teams that you have to win the last game.
“Even six points and you can be out; you have to be wary, especially of an opponent like Croatia.”