Job done, Torres already looking to 2010 World Cup
Fernando Torres didn't dwell long on his winning goal for Spain against Germany in the final of Euro 2008 Sunday, saying he was just doing his job and was hoping to win another title at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. ( dpa )
The Liverpool star, who was voted man of the match, pounced on some hesitancy in the German defence by Philipp Lahm to score the only goal of the game at the Ernst Happel stadium but felt that Spain were clearly the better side despite the narrow 1-0 victory.
"Lahm was in a better position but for a moment he relaxed and I took advantage," he said of his winning strike.
"I have peace of mind because we did what we wanted to do. It's good for Spain and good for football because the team that played the best football won.
"I am also happy because my job is to score goals. I am just one of a group."
Torres said he felt privileged to be part of the national team and privileged to experience this "beautiful moment."
"I'm delighted that is is my first major tournament win and I hope it's not my last. We have to enjoy this and then go for the next World Cup in two years.
Torres singled out veteran coach Luis Aragones as the decisive factor in why Spain finally won a major trophy for the first time since lifting the Henri Delaunay trophy in 1964.
"Luis is like one of the players for us. He is like a father," said Torres.
"He's maybe the most important thing in our set-up because he has a lot of confidence in the group. We are very happy that on his last game he goes down in Spanish footballing history."
Aragones returned the compliment, saying he felt Torres could go on the become an even better player.
"Fernando is a great player. He has shown it at Liverpool and with the national team, and he can get anywhere because he is an outstanding player.
"He may yet have a few things left to learn, but he is still young so can learn everything he needs to become one of the best players in the world."