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The Chelsea forward believes that age has improved the reigning world champions despite criticism following their 5-1 destruction at the hands of Netherlands on Friday

Fernando Torres believes that the current Spain squad are "a lot better" than the group who lifted the World Cup trophy in 2010.

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La Roja's title defence started on the worst possible note when they were dismantled 5-1 by Netherlands in their Group B opener on Friday - a rematch of the final of four years ago, when Vicente del Bosque's men won 1-0 after extra time.

Speaking ahead of Spain's second Group B fixture against Chile on Wednesday, though, Torres declared that the team in Brazil are an improvement on the side who tasted glory in South Africa.

"There is nothing to say that the team is worse; I would say it is a lot better," the Chelsea striker told Fifa's official website.

"Mentally I think the team is prepared for a situation like this. This group has gone through very good and very bad moments together. We know what we are capable of and I don't think the psychological factor will be a problem."

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Del Bosque's squad have been criticised for being too old following the defeat in Salvador, which was the first time that Spain had conceded five goals in a match since losing 6-2 to Scotland in 1963, but Torres argues that age has improved the side and sees no reason for a change of philosophy.

"The team has matured with age," he reasoned. "There is no reason to change our system. In South Africa we lost the first game and we kept doing the same and were champions.

"We have to think that this team still has a lot of football ahead of it to achieve things once more. There will be a lot of people that believe in this team, that we have seen lift us up in similar situations, and that will be with us."