Spain will not change their style, Xavi insists

Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has insisted that his side will not change their tactical approach, ahead of their opening World Cup match against the Netherlands on Friday, BBC Sport is reporting.

The Barcelona star has been part of a Spanish side which has won each of its last three major tournaments. Over the last two in particular, they have adopted a style of continuous short passing, where they look to dominate possession and wear opponents down as well as push them back.

Despite the Netherlands’ physical approach in the 2010 World Cup final, Xavi has reaffirmed that Spain will not waver from their familiar style of football when they meet in Salvador. He said: “We’ve had this philosophy now for a number of years and I think it would be a mistake to change it. We know that we’re going to win or to die with this style of play.”

“Our style of play is very clear, we want to dominate the game, we want to keep possession of the ball. We’ve had many successes over these years to justify this style of game. All our players have adapted to this philosophy and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to compete like this until the end. We hope we’ll be able to make history again with that style of play.”

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