"It doesn't matter how strong your starting XI is, when you get used to going out in the second round or quarter-finals it's very hard to break that cycle, even when you are the superior team.
"Look at the teams Spain have had over the past 10 to 20 years, but it was only two years ago we got past the quarter-finals and once we did that we won the thing.
"When you constantly go out at that stage you start to believe you can't progress further and when you get into that frame of mind you have to break it mentally."
Torres was the hero as Spain ended their 44-year wait for a trophy, with the Liverpool striker netting the only goal of the game in the final triumph over Germany.
Two years on, El Nino remains hungry for more international glory.
He said: "I believe Spain will win the tournament. That is the belief that the Euros gave us.
"The problem with winning a big tournament like the Euros is that you get to understand what it feels like and then you just crave more and more of that feeling. I know what it feels like to win now and I want that feeling again in South Africa.
"If England break that then they are the second best team in the World Cup and for the pure football fan it would be a perfect World Cup final.
"England v Spain would be the best 22 players on the pitch that the tournament could hope for."