‘The pressure is on Brazil’

Alvaro Arbeloa believes that 'the pressure is on Brazil' as Spain gear up for the Confederations Cup final this evening.

La Roja play the host nation at the Maracana on Sunday, and the Real Madrid defender has insisted that his team have 'nothing to lose'.

“We are playing against the five-time World Cup winners at their stadium,” he told a Press conference.

“The pressure is on Brazil. We have nothing to lose.

All we should be focusing on is enjoying the match and putting in a great game.

We don’t feel under pressure to win this trophy. It’s the one which we still have yet to win and winning it by beating Brazil in Brazil would just be the icing on the cake.

South American team tends to give us more problems.

They are more hardened, they demand more from us and we struggle more against them. We are more used to facing European teams.

It’s very difficult to mark players like Neymar. It’s practically impossible to make sure that he doesn’t get a shot on goal during the 90 minutes – or create danger, or dribble past you.

It’s a nice challenge to pit yourself up against the world’s best players and I personally don’t mind being in the spotlight at all.

If you put in a decent game, it’s recognized but I know it’s going to be a difficult mission for me.”

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