Spanish goal-hero Fernando Torres has insisted his side must remain “switched on” as they look to secure a place in the last eight of the competition with a win over Croatia.
Torres, who netted twice against the Republic of Ireland, told a UEFA press conference: “The Russia result was a wake-up call for all of us. You must be switched on from the first game to the last.
“For us the main thing is to have respect for our opponents.”
Torres’s words were echoed by Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque, who said: “In football, surprises are always a possibility. You saw that in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League this season.
“Anything can happen and we must be aware of that.”
La Roja know they will qualify top of the group with a win over Croatia and a draw would also see them into the quarter finals.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has been passed fit for the game, after a scan revealed no damage to the sore foot he picked up against Ireland, leaving Del Bosque with a full squad to choose from.
Torres, whose two goals in the last game make him a likely starter, told the media: “It’s your [the journalists] job to say how my form is.
“I scored twice in the last game and the team played well which is what was important.
“I feel good. I am sure in the next games the level of the team will be the same.”
Spain are bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back European Championships.
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