Jorge Jesus: It would be better for Portugal if Fernando Torres starts for Spain

The Eagles' coach feels that the Chelsea man would cause the Seleccao fewer problems than Barcelona's 'false nine' in the European Championship last-four meeting
Benfica boss Jorge Jesus believes that Portugal have a better chance of reaching the final of Euro 2012 if Fernando Torres starts instead of Cesc Fabregas for Spain in Wednesday's semi-final.

La Roja coach Vicente del Bosque fielded the Barcelona man in Spain's opening game against Italy and in the quarter-final versus France, but gave the Chelsea striker the nod up front against Republic of Ireland and Croatia, and Jesus hopes that Fabregas will once again warm the bench.

"For Portugal, it would be better if Fernando Torres plays. I understand Del Bosque's decision to play Fabregas up front," the Benfica coach stated to Marca.

"Hopefully he will play Torres again in the semi-finals, because that would be easier for Portugal.

"Fabregas tries to find space all over the pitch and is everywhere. He helps Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta and his running is very confusing for a defence. It's much easier to mark Torres as a clear striker. I, too, would play with Cesc."

Wednesday's semi-final in Donetsk kicks off at 20:45CET.