Spain midfielder Xavi has backed the world champions' tried and trusted style of play to bring them more success in Brazil as they prepare for their 2014 World Cup opener against 2010 runners-up Holland in Salvador.
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Vicente del Bosque's side must later face Chile and Australia in Group B, and Barcelona star Xavi admitted he would have readily coped without dancing around the physicality of the Dutch first up but remained upbeat about their chances.
"We arrived here with a lot of enthusiasm even though we know the group will be very difficult," he said.
"Starting off against the previous runners-up is not easy.
"But we got here by remaining faithful to our style and so it will continue. Hopefully our style of play will bring us more success."
Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal at Soccer City four years ago denied the Oranje victory in the World Cup final and saw Spain follow up their triumph at Euro 2008 with ascension to the top of the world game.
SPAIN: Group B team profile
SPAIN: Group B team profile
1/5 How they qualified
Those who were expecting Spain's qualifying campaign to be a formality were in for a surprise, as Vicente Del Bosque’s side struggled to secure qualification, only doing so with a 2-1 win over Belarus in the final game. Drawn in a group that contained France, it was far from a comfortable campaign for the world champions, despite going unbeaten in their eight games. They finished three points ahead of Les Bleus and topped the group as a result, but they did score fewer goals, with just 14 in total. Pedro’s tally of four in eight games epitomised the lack of firepower in the side as the Barcelona man finished top scorer for La Roja, with Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo hitting three goals in just four games.
One of sharpest minds and most respected coaches in the game, former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has transformed the face of Spanish football. Granted, he has had some fantastic players to work with, but leading the nation to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 is a special feat. He took over from Luis Aragones, who had lost just four of his 54 games in charge, and had just led Spain to their first European Championship title at Euro 2008. But Del Bosque was clearly not fazed by the task, becoming Spain’s most successful coach in their history, with his winning percentage just over 80 per cent. The 63-year-old has encouraged an attractive, attacking style of football which has seen Spain play some of the best passing football ever seen, and while the ‘tiki-taka’ style may have been started by Aragones, Del Bosque has prolonged its effectiveness.
3/5 Star man
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is regarded as one of the world's top attacking midfielders, and has been instrumental to the dominance of Barcelona and Spain. While goals seem to come in clusters, with Iniesta never managing double figures for his club in a season, his assist tally continues to rise. World Cup Final win over the Netherlands three years ago, and remains a pivotal player under Del Bosque.
4/5 Emerging talent
Koke burst into European football’s collective consciousness last season in Atletico Madrid’s incredible La Liga winning season, which also saw Madrid’s second club reach the Champions league final. Koke, 22, is the youngest member of Spain’s 23-man squad, but his composed head in the centre of midfield belies his years. Koke has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona, but Los Rojiblancos chief Enrique Cerezo insists he is not for sale.
5/5 How they will line up (4-1-4-1)
Casillas, Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Fabregas, Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Costa
Del Bosque even delivered a third trophy in 2012 as Spain trounced Italy to clinch the European title once again, this time in Kiev.
The 63-year-old's latest assignment demands he guides La Roja to another world crown with a group of players labelled by some critics as "veterans".
But he rejected that tag on Thursday, insisting the 23 men he has taken to Brazil represent a potent blend of maturity and fearless promise.
He told a press conference: "The World Cup starts now. If we can concentrate throughout 21 days then hopefully we will live up to the standards required of a world champion.
"I won't reveal tomorrow's line-up. We will use the players who we think are the best - but we do have 23 very good players.
"I don't think this is a team of veterans - I'd say we're mature. We're simply not afraid of anything and that's not just because of our past successes."
He added: "Holland have changed a lot over the last four years, but we have not."
The Dutch are more streetwise now than in 2010, according to captain Robin van Persie.
It was a third loss for Holland in the biggest game of them all, but Manchester United forward Van Persie believes the current squad have come a long way since their Johannesburg disappointment.
"Spain have a fantastic team, with players like Diego Costa and (goalkeeper) David de Gea, my team-mate at Manchester United, and in my opinion have the best team in the world," Van Persie told http://www.onsoranje.nl.
"But we are also very good, so don't forget that and do not underestimate Holland.
"Although as a squad, we may be much younger than four years ago, there are also lots of opportunities.
"We have to prove ourselves again, but it is also a great challenge.
"In the past, what we often saw were jokes being made (within the squad) at the beginning, but now I think that is less and this is purely because of our focus.
"We are looking forward to it and are really eager to get started."