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Del Bosque: Brazil the team to beat

by Staff Writer | Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The draw for the 2013 Confederations Cup took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday and current World and European champions Spain were paired with Uruguay, Tahiti and the winners of the 2013 African Nations Cup.

Assessing his own country’s chances of winning, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque explained that being more successful brought an extra responsibility to do well.

“Yes, we have more responsibility because of the recent successes. What we have to do is prepare ourselves in the best possible way, with respect for the opponents,” he said.

Noting that Uruguay finished 4th in South Africa, Del Bosque indicated that winning the trophy wouldn’t be easy and said that: “African teams always pose a test and Tahiti deserve respect. Nowadays in football a well-organized team is a problem for anybody. We must arrive in the best condition”.

Hosts Brazil are in group A together with Italy, Japan and Mexico and Del Bosque told reporters: “Everybody says that Brazil are sleeping, but they’re the Confederations champions and they’re the team to beat”.

Spain’s first match of the competition is on Saturday 16th June against Uruguay at Recife’s Pernambuco Arena.

They will then travel to Rio de Janeiro to face Tahiti on Thursday 20th June at the Maracaná stadium and their final group match will be on Sunday 23rd June in Fortaleza against the winners of the African Nation’s Cup, who’ll be known on the 10th February.

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