Optimism surrounding the prospects of Valencia and the Spain national team perhaps owes more to the emergence of the promising Ferran Torres than any other. The remarkable success inspired by the generation of Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Iker Casillas is yet to again become a realistic ambition since their retirements, but in Ferran, Ansu Fati, Marco Asensio and more, the foundations of another fine team may have emerged.
“You can compare him with Vicente, although Vicente was left-footed and Ferran is right-footed,” said Curro Torres, formerly of Valencia. “They have the same profile. They work very hard, are technically very skilled, offensively very powerful, take people on one-on-one, score goals, (and) cross the ball too.”