Torres: We won by a distance

Fernando Torres believes team-work enabled Spain to win their third major tournament in succession.

Last Updated: 02/07/12 at 15:33 Post Comment

Torres: Enjoyed a 'magical' evening

Torres: Enjoyed a 'magical' evening

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Fernando Torres believes Spain have established the yardstick by which future international success will now be measured.

Vicente del Bosque's men destroyed Italy in the final of Euro 2012 in Kiev last night to become the first team to win three successive major international tournaments, including the World Cup.

Torres came off the bench to score the third goal in a 4-0 hammering as Spain added another European title to their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 crowns.

The Chelsea striker told Marca: "You can't ask for more, but it is the work of the team and the togetherness that has brought us here.

"You always want to win more and more, but right now we have to enjoy this. We have won by a distance against a great team like Italy.

"We are very happy. This was the objective that we had at the start of the tournament.

"We knew we were the opponent to beat, that it was going to be more difficult than ever and it has been.

"We had luck in some moments of the championship but at the end we will reflect on what today means in Spanish football history.

"We have dominated from start to finish and enjoyed a magical evening. Now we can say that national teams of the future will concentrate on us to try and make history."

Torres spent much of the tournament on the sidelines as Spain played for long periods without a recognised striker, with Cesc Fabregas deployed as their most advanced player.

But he finished the campaign with three goals and, courtesy of his assist for Juan Mata's fourth last night, the Golden Boot.

He also became the first player to score in two European Championship finals following his winner against Germany four years ago.

Torres, who only started three of Spain's six games, added: "Football is like this, This is my third Euros, in the previous ones I played almost all the games and scored two goals. In this one I have played less but won the Golden Boot.

"Football can be just or unjust like that depending how you look at it and that is why we like it so much."

Spain's first two goals came from David Silva and Jordi Alba, while Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta was named man of the match in the final and hailed a truly historic achievement.

"This is something unique, magical and unrepeatable," he told AS. "We have to enjoy the moment.

"The important thing is Spain are the champions which is what we came here for.

"It was a very complete game, we played very well with the ball and when Italy were left with 10 (when Thiago Motta went off injured) we pressured them very well.

"We played such a good all-round match which is what was demanded of us in this final."

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