We must prepare for everything, warns Iker Casillas

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

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Iker Casillas has insisted that Spain will not discount the ability of any team at the World Cup.

The reigning European champions being their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Group H this afternoon.

“Last summer, we came to the Confederations Cup with great expectations only to be eliminated,” said Casillas.

“The fact is that in a World Cup there are no small rivals. National teams that were considered minnows are improving and can surprise you. Rivals can take advantage of any mistake you make and make you pay. That is why we must prepare for everything.”

Spain eased through the qualifying stages with a perfect record. The only blip came during last summer’s Confederations Cup when Vicente del Bosque’s side suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to the United States in the semi-finals.

Fernando Torres may feature today after recovering from a knee injury. But midfield maestro Andrés Iniesta remains a doubt with a thigh injury.

Meanwhile Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Switzerland coach, will be forced to make changes with Alexander Frei and Valon Behrami certain to miss today’s opener.

Switzerland have failed to overcome Spain in 18 attempts and Hitzfeld has already indicated his intent to deploy a defensive tactic.

“The Spanish aren’t just technical, they run a lot too. We’ll need to be compact at the back, defend with nine men and hit them on the break when we can.”

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