We do not fear Spain - Van Marwijk

09 July 2010 09:01

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk admits Spain play a more attractive brand of football than his team - but insists the Dutch do not fear them.

The two European countries will both be bidding for their first World Cup success when they meet in the final on Sunday.

Van Marwijk said: "At this moment I think Spain play a little more attractively than we do. Although we would like to do the same, they have a few more advantages right now. There are no secrets for us with Spain. We are not afraid."

Vicente del Bosque's side are European champions and have been the most impressive international outfit for the past two years.

They had struggled to hit top form in South Africa, though, losing their opening game to Switzerland before battling their way through to the semi-final, where their impeccable passing game returned in a 1-0 win over Germany.

And Van Marwijk admits it will be an "interesting" game on Sunday as he added: "They are playing very well with the ball and without the ball when they are reacting very quickly so it could be a very interesting game between two teams who want to play football."

Whatever happens at Soccer City, one of the two countries, widely seen as the biggest underachievers in international football, will end their wait for a world title.

Holland have lost in the final, while Spain had never previously made it into the last four, but Van Marwijk insisted he was not interested in the past.

He added: "I don't think in that way.

"I only think of that game we play in the final. Whatever happened in the past is not important and we have to prepare."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

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