Fascinating and kind of Grandmaster chess-like to watch the forward-less Spain and the 5-man midfield or whatever it was Italy did. The key thing for me was - and this never seems to happen with England - is on a basic level the system etc wasn't this fixed limiting thing as the players were just so good.
No longer much of a Serie A/Italy watcher, I was surprised and very impressed with Italy - an absolute template of what England should probably aspire to re pressing further up, keeping shape, not being too wasteful in possession, and still having some offensive threat.
RE Spain, I know I'm maybe in a minority around here, but I love their possession-based, fluid football, and I think reports of their demise are a little premature and they are still the team to beat. That said, I agree with remarks above, and Torres has to take these chances.