‘Iker or Victor, Spain is safe’

Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Paco Buyo has backed La Roja to not lose out whoever lines up between the sticks tonight.

Uncertainty still surrounds whether Vicente del Bosque will kick off Spain’s Confederations Cup campaign with usual No 1 Iker Casillas in goal, despite a five-month stretch without competitive football, or if he will turn to Barcelona’s Victor Valdes instead.

“Spain is fortunate to have three, four or five goalkeepers at an extraordinary level,” Buyo commented this weekend.

“Any of the three called up by the Coach, Casillas, Valdes or Reina, could start. It appears that the doubt is between Iker and Victor.

“I do not think there is an issue, there is a full guarantee.

“Vicente tries to be fair and get the most out of the players at his disposal. He should not hesitate in this regard.”

Buyo then turned his attention to Spain’s objective in Brazil this summer.

“The Confederations Cup does not have the significance of a World Cup or a European Championship, but it’s a trophy that Spain has never won.

“It’s a short tournament and very complicated, given the high level of opponents such as Brazil and Italy, who are always very dangerous.

“I think it is a good test for the World Cup next year, the players will be on the fields where the competition will be held next year.”

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