"It’s a very sad day, without a doubt. A very tough day. This is not the way you’re supposed to say goodbye to a World Cup. It’s not what this generation of players deserves, to be out of the tournament after just a couple of games. The way it happened is particularly devastating. But at least now we we’re able to look back and see all the great things we’ve accomplished. Before, when we were eliminated from any tournament, we couldn’t do that, there was nothing to look back to. So it’s tough. And yet, we must be aware of what happened. We must analyze the situation and realize that we were very inferior to our rivals. We lost two matches with full knowledge that we had a maximum of two chances to make it through, not three. And there are no excuses, not much was different this time from how it was in South Africa or in the last two Euro Cups (in terms of tiredness and climate), you just can’t use that as an excuse. We can’t use anything as an excuse. Both of our rivals were better than us and we weren’t used to that, and we couldn’t rise up to the occasion. We couldn’t get back up again when we were one, two goals down and play under those circumstances. And there you have it, two results, two defeats. Tiredness might’ve been an issue, it might’ve played a role, but it didn’t before, it never had. We didn’t do anything different from the previous times, but this time, our rivals were far better than us.” - Fernando Torres.