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Benfica boss Jorge Jesus believes that Portugal have a better chance of reaching the final of Euro 2012 if Fernando Torres starts instead of Cesc Fabregas for Spain in Wednesday’s semi-final.

Spain has two days fewer than Portugal to prepare for Wednesday’s Euro 2012 semi-final .Portugal played their quarter-final against Czech Republic on Thursday, while Spain’s last-eight match against France was on Saturday .

“For Portugal, it would be better if Fernando Torres plays. I understand Del Bosque’s decision to play Fabregas up front,” the Benfica coach stated to Marca.

“Hopefully he will play Torres again in the semi-finals, because that would be easier for Portugal.

“Fabregas tries to find space all over the pitch and is everywhere. He helps Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta and his running is very confusing for a defence. It’s much easier to mark Torres as a clear striker. I, too, would play with Cesc.”

Wednesday’s semi-final in Donetsk kicks off at 20:45CET.