Jesus hopes Spain play Torres

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus believes Spain's Fernando Torres would not pose as many problems for Portugal as Cesc Fabregas can in their "false nine" formation.

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Chelsea striker Torres has seen his opportunities limited in Euro 2012 as he has often been employed as a substitute in Spain's four matches. He did start against the Republic of Ireland and produced a match-winning performance but otherwise, manager Vicente del Bosque has usually preferred a striker-less formation with Fabregas the locus of the Spain attack.

The Barcelona midfielder has scored two goals so far and has combined well with Andres Iniesta and David Silva. Jesus strongly believes that the Fabregas' intelligent running and quick thinking could hamper Portugal's bid to reach the final. 

"For Portugal, it would be better if Fernando Torres plays," Jesus frankly confessed when talking to a journalist from Marca. 

"I understand Del Bosque's decision to play Fabregas up front.

"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."

Unlike Torres, Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has not had an opportunity to play on the pitch for the defending champions. 

Portugal will face Spain in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Donetsk and many observers expect Torres to feature on the bench once again. 

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