Torres: Tiredness not the reason behind World Cup exit

Fernando Torres has claimed that fatigue is not the reason behind Spain's shocking first-round exit at the World Cup.

The 30-year-old has revealed that La Roja were tired in South Africa four years ago and also at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine but they went on to win both major tournaments.

They became the first team to be knocked out of the World Cup last night after a 2-0 loss to Chile followed last week's humiliating 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands.

But the Chelsea striker was quick to put a stop to any excuses that Spain were tired after the defeat last night.

"The dressing room is sad. There are no excuses. We were tired in Poland and South Africa and won.

"There is a big generation coming and we will do great things," Torres said.

It is not clear exactly why the current World and European champions underperformed to such a level but they were a shadow of the team we have come accustomed to over recent years.

They recorded their lowest passing accuracy statistic (81.7%) for 12 years in last night's loss to Chile and it is time for the new generation to help Spain grow once more.

The Spanish domestic season ended later than other European league's and although Torres insisted that fatigue was not the problem, some of La Liga's players may have a different view.

What is fact is that Spain are out of the World Cup and it will be intriguing to see how they line-up in their consolation game against Australia in their final group match on Monday.

The new generation of players should see the likes of David De Gea and Koke play a part in that game as the old guard look to have had their day.

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