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Holland v Spain - Match Preview

11 Jul 2010 08:01:26

Holland v Spain - Match Preview

Xavi has admitted Spain need to find their killer touch if they are to win the World Cup.

Although the Euro 2008 winners have responded well to their setback in the opening game against Switzerland by reeling off five wins on the trot, the goals have largely dried up. But, as they prepare to face Holland at Soccer City, Xavi accepts Spain might have to do more.

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"It is clear we have not scored many goals," said the 30-year-old. "We are feeling very comfortable with the way we are playing, and we are creating plenty of opportunities. But we are not converting the chances to our normal percentage."

He added: "Let's see if we can lift that because it will be particularly important."

Coach Vicente del Bosque gave nothing away about his intentions.

He rejected the theory he was facing a similar dilemma to the one Sir Alf Ramsey encountered in 1966 when he omitted Jimmy Greaves, although Torres' status within the Spain squad was very similar when the tournament began.

Yet Fernando Torres' replacement, Barcelona youngster Pedro, did well enough in Durban for Del Bosque to stick with him at the Liverpool man's expense.

It is going to be a tough call for the Spain coach, although the man most directly affected, five-goal front-man David Villa, is not concerned.

"It would be a great honour to play with either of them," said the Barcelona-bound forward.

"They are both spectacular players who would help me to do my work around the pitch. But the beauty of our squad is that we have so many people like that. It is a pleasure to play with them all, so I will just leave it for the coach to decide."


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