Torres: Spain lucky to have Casillas

The forward has praised the goalkeeper following his heroics in the Confederations Cup semi-final against Italy and is excited to face Brazil on Sunday
Fernando Torres has expressed his relief that Spain have goalkeeper Iker Casillas following his impressive performance versus Italy in their Confederations Cup semi-final.

The Real Madrid skipper pulled off a number of stops to keep la Roja in the game against the Azzurri, despite being sidelined on the Santiago Bernabeu bench in recent months.

Torres is delighted for the veteran Spaniard and looked ahead to the final against hosts Brazil, against whom he believes the world and European champions will need to perform with trademark confidence.

"He put in one of those performances which just make you think that we’re so lucky to have a keeper like him. He was decisive for us and saved us when Italy were making us suffer. He brought us luck and I am thrilled for him," the Chelsea striker told AS.

"It’s our dream [to win] and the reason why we have come to Brazil. It’s the only trophy which we have never won and this generation badly wants to win it.

"Everyone is talking about what an amazing final is in store between Brazil and Spain. It’s going to be a match to enjoy. We know all about what qualities they have, what a great team they are and both of us are the only teams who are unbeaten in the tournament.

"They will have their fans egging them on but we will go out there to show our style - with the same confidence which has brought us success in recent years."

Torres has scored five times in the tournament - four goals of which came in Spain's 10-0 victory over Tahiti - and is the favourite to grab the golden boot ahead of Sunday's final, with kick-off at 23:00BST.