Spain ready to win at all costs - Torres

Rio di Janeiro: Fernando Torres said on Tuesday that Spain are prepared to abandon their attractive playing style as they look to resurrect their World Cup title defence against Chile on Wednesday.

"The important thing is that we win, hopefully in our usual style, at the high level that allowed us to win the World Cup and Euro 2012," the Chelsea striker told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

"And if we can`t win like that, we have to win anyway, because otherwise we`ll have to go back home. All that`s important tomorrow (Wednesday) is that Spain play and win."

Playing their characteristic tiki-taka possession football, Spain have won the last three major tournaments that they have qualified for, but they were humiliated 5-1 by the Netherlands in their opening Group B game on Friday.

If Vicente del Bosque`s side lose to Chile on Wednesday and Holland avoid defeat against Australia, Spain will be out, but Torres says that the squad are only thinking about victory.

"I think that nobody who`s going to play thinks about losing," he said.

"We all think about winning. Of course a defeat`s one of three possibilities, but that`s not what we`re considering.

"We don`t want to think about that possibility. We know Chile are very dangerous opponents and are going to try to win.

"That`s a problem because they`re not going to sit back; they`re going to be attacking. We know that they have maybe more problems in defence, but we want to win against Chile and after we`ll think about the next game.

"Since we lost against Holland, the only thing we`ve thought about is winning against Chile."

While the nature of the defeat against Holland has provoked much soul-searching, Andres Iniesta says that his side can draw encouragement from their experience at the last World Cup in South Africa.

Then, Del Bosque`s men crashed to a shock 1-0 loss to Switzerland in their opening game, only to end the tournament as champions, with Iniesta scoring a famous extra-time winner against Holland in the final.

"We`re ready, we`re ready to win, and we`re well prepared," said the Barcelona midfielder, who was also a key member of the Spain teams that triumphed at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

"It`s true that we`ve started in a way that makes it different to feel like we felt before the 2010 final, but I still think that what happened during the first match is something we must forget.

"You have to put it behind you and play two more matches like finals. We had a similar situation during the last World Cup, so we`ll have to play the next matches like finals as well and we`ll all give our best to win and get to the second phase.

"That`s what we must think about. We trust in ourselves, I trust in my colleagues, and I think we`re able to do it."

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