World Cup 2010 - Madrid view: No need for change

Sat, 10 Jul 13:01:00 2010

We asked Spanish Eurosport's Jorge Ordas for his thoughts on Sunday's final, and he told us Spain need not change much if they are to capture their first World Cup.

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What is the mood like in Spain at the moment?

The mood in Spain is explained with one word: euphoria. It is the first time that our country has made it to a World Cup final. Thousands of flags have been hanging off balconies and cars for weeks now and everybody is talking about football. At the moment, it's the only important thing for us.

Do you think Fernando Torres will return to the starting XI and will there be any surprises in the line-up?

It's less possible than it was for the semi-final. Pedro had a good match against Germany and Spain played better with just one forward. Torres has not been playing his best football since his injury. I would say Pedro will be in the starting XI on Sunday.

Who is the key player for the Spanish in the final - Xavi, Andres Iniesta or someone else?

Iniesta. He's in amazing form at the moment. Xavi and especially David Villa with his goals will be important too.

What does Vicente del Bosque need to do tactically to stifle the Dutch team?

Del Bosque and Spain need to carry on exactly as they have in previous matches, when they have controlled possession of the ball. It will be important to stop the likes of Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder on the counter.

Which Dutch player do you most fear?

Two players: Sneijder and Robben. They played for Real Madrid and they will be looking for revenge. And, of course, they have already enjoyed great seasons with Internazionale and Bayern Munich respectively.

What are the key battles - Xavi v Mark van Bommel; Sneijder v Sergio Busquets; Robben v Sergio Ramos (or Joan Capdevila)?

The most important battle will be in midfield where Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Busquets come up against Van Bommel and Sneijder. But also the match-ups between strikers and defenders - Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique and Van Persie and Joris Mathijsenand John Heitinga against Villa.

What will it be like in Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday night if Spain win?

There will be an amazing party, for sure. Last Wednesday, after beating Germany, thousands of people poured into the main squares of every city around Spain. The festivities continued all night. On Monday, regardless of whether they win or not, there will be a party with the players in Madrid, with more than a million fans expected on the streets.

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