Spain Camp Focus – Winning all that matters for Arbeloa

You may have read a thing or two about the excellent football that Spain are capable of playing in the build up to their first match at the 2010 World Cup, not least on these pages. You may have seen the bewildering levels of skill that the Euro 2008 winners can produce, the endless carousel of passing, the deadly finishing, the strong defending, but perhaps what is most remarkable about this current Spanish team is that they know how good they are, and they do not seem to care.

Hopefully there will be good football during the World Cup and not only ours,” says an understated, dismissive Alvaro Arbeloa. “We will play our game, which fortunately usually produces good football that the fans like. The only responsibility we have is to go for the victory. Spain go for the victory by playing good football.” Simple as that. Spain are good enough to blow everyone away at this World Cup, they know it, and they are not bothered about it. Real Madrid’s Arbeloa, and his 22 compatriots in the Spanish squad will enter this World Cup as heavy favourites when they walk out against Switzerland in Durban on Wednesday afternoon, yet the pressure and the heavy weight of that tag doesn’t seem to be bothering them despite the concerns of Wigan Athletic’s Spanish boss Roberto Martinez, who this week said: “Spain’s big problem will be coping with the mental side of being favourites. They know they are the best team in the world. What they have to do is live with that expectation.

They are doing, and perhaps Arbeloa’s blas


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