Spain coach Luis Aragones has hailed his strikeforce of David Villa and Fernando Torres after his side’s impressive 4-1 win over Russia at Euro 2008.
Villa scored the first hat-trick of the tournament with Torres setting up his first as the pair demonstrated that they will be a potent force at this summer’s finals.
“When I think of Villa, it’s a name that makes me think of scoring,” said Aragones.
“He is a natural goalscorer. He got three and he could have had one more. It was his day today but tomorrow it could be Torres’ day.”
“Villa is a brilliant player but so is Torres when he’s got space.”
“The 4-1 win seems easy but it was definitely not, because our opponents are in good physical shape and it was certainly tough,” said the 69-year-old.
“We opened the scoring but we were fortunate when they could have drawn level.
“We faced a difficult team that was in excellent physical shape, but after going 2-0 up we started playing with greater ease, we dominated the pitch and continued scoring.”
Valencia forward Villa also paid tribute to Torres and dismissed claims that there was disunity within the Spanish camp.
“There’s a lot of talk from outside about whether or not the squad is united,” he said. “I don’t agree with all this talk.
“I wanted to dedicate that third one to him because I owed him something for the first two.
“He made the first one and his run opened up the space for (Andres) Iniesta to make a pass.”
Torres was taken off early in the second half and Aragones played down any injury concerns over the Liverpool forward.
“There was no injury whatsoever,” confirmed the Spain boss. “Torres has had a long tough season, he will be a very important player for us.
“But at that point we needed more strength in the centre of midfield.
“He was a very important player in helping Villa score the first goal and he made it tough for our opponents.”