Torres: Spain don't need a wake-up call
Spain striker Fernando Torres has hit back at claims that complacency was to blame for his side's FIFA Confederations Cup final defeat to Brazil.
The Spaniards' run of 29 competitive fixtures without defeat was emphatically ended on Sunday, as they were downed 3-0 by the tournament's hosts at the Maracana.
But Torres insists Vicente del Bosque's men were taking nothing for granted, and that their motivation for next year's World Cup has only increased as a result of the loss.
"Everybody thinks that Spain should win every match and reach every final but it's not as easy as that," he said.
"This team doesn't need a wake-up call, nor do we need a defeat to regain our motivation.
"If there is something positive to be taken from the match, it's this: it's confirmed something that we already knew, that it's not going to be easy to beat Brazil on their own patch.
"That said, in one year's time we'll be back here as world champions to defend what's ours."
The Chelsea forward also claimed that Spain's desire to continue making history has not been dampened by their humbling at the hands of Brazil.
"We're world champions and two-time European champions and have achieved something that no other team has ever done: won three major tournaments in a row," he added.
"Next year we're coming over here to make it four."
Torres won the Confederations Cup Golden Shoe after notching on five occasions at the tournament, four coming against minnows Tahiti in the group phase.