Dual threat

When Villa played alongside Fernando Torres that March night, their partnership was still in the early stages, the pair fumbling to get on the same wavelength. They have clicked in Austria and Switzerland, however, registering five goals between them – some cause

for concern for Buffon and Italy. "Those two are deadly and I'll probably have them in front of me more than their team-mates," said the Juventus stalwart. "But they're not the only ones that can hurt us because the midfield also boasts plenty of quality players that can cause problems with long shots." Rubén de la Red and Cesc Fàbregas each struck goals from midfield as Spain claimed three straight victories in Group D, a run that allowed Luis Aragonés to rest ten players against Greece on Wednesday. Yet Buffon does not consider that the extra rest will be a factor. "Determination, pride, teamwork – that's what counts," he concluded. "In matches like these everyone has to pull in the same direction and in this respect we are second to none. When we have got results in the past it's down to that."

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