Martinez wary of Netherlands trio

Javi Martinez has picked out Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder as the biggest dangers to Spain in their World Cup opener.

La Roja begin the defence of their trophy on Friday against beaten 2010 finalist the Netherlands and Martinez has told a Press conference that there are three great players in the Dutch team.

“The greatest danger from them are their three top players, Sneijder, Robben and van Persie,” AS reports the Bayern Munich man as saying.

“Robben is strong on the counter-attack and uses space very well.

“I was talking to Arjen yesterday [about the 2010 final]. And we’ve thought about the chance he had in the final against Iker Casillas. Thank God he didn’t miss in the Champions League final [in 2013].”

Martinez is expected to be used as a centre-back by Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque, a position to which he is still relatively new.

But Martinez thanked the Coaches he has worked under for helping his development.

“Although I’d never played centre-back until two or three years ago I’ve had great Coaches who taught me a lot,” he added.

“Louis van Gaal as much as Pep Guardiola taught me I can deal with that position. Now I find it as comfortable as central midfield.

“I’m ready for whatever, whether I play or not, as any of my teammates could be out at any time.”

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