Andres Iniesta expects Spain’s 29-game unbeaten run to come under severe threat when they face Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup final on Sunday.
The Barcelona midfielder, who scored his penalty in the shoot-out victory over Italy to ensure Spain’s place in the tournament showdown, insisted that the hosts are favourites to win the match.
“They are favourites because they play at home, because they will have thousands of people behind them,” he told COPE.
“This factor we must make an incentive. There is no challenge as big as beating Brazil in their stadium. Brazil are a great team, (they have had) a spectacular tournament and (they have) great players.”
Vicente del Bosque’s men, who are eyeing a fourth consecutive international title, have conceded just one goal in the competition but will take on a Brazil side who have scored 11 times in four matches so far.
The last meeting between the two was a friendly encounter in 1999 that ended goalless.
Spain’s last trip to the Maracana to take on Brazil was 63 years ago, when they suffered a 6-1 loss that remains the second-heaviest defeat in their history.
Turning his attentions back to his club side, Iniesta also revealed his desire to see Thiago Alcantra stay at Barcelona as interest in the midfielder continues to grow.
He added: “As a companion and the knowledgeable player he is, I’d love him to stay, but everyone has their vision and has to be happy with what he does. “
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