While Holland have spent four years evolving in their grim pursuit of revenge over Spain, the world champions are confident they can defend football’s greatest prize using a six-year-old blueprint.
Andres Iniesta’s extra-time goal at Soccer City in July 2010 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’s head coach Vicente Del Bosque said: “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.
school of football and have always had good World Cups. They are worthy rivals.
“I hold (coach Louis) Van Gaal in high esteem and I’m sure he’s prepared well for the game.”
Spain must later face Chile and Australia in Group B.