Robben rejects 2010 comparison

Arjen Robben has said that the final of World Cup 2010 between the Netherlands and Spain will not matter in tonight’s group stage game.

The sides meet in the opening round of Group B fixtures and Robben spoke at a Press conference, with his comments published by AS.

The Bayern Munich winger also reflected on his chance in the final to put the Dutch in front, with the shot saved by Iker Casillas.

“This is what the draw gave us, so we have no other option,” Robben said when asked about playing La Roja.

“It’s special to repeat the game from South Africa, but that is the past and the error I made against Casillas will live with me all my life.

“We look forward and I don’t believe in revenge. The thing about 2010 is that it was a final, while this is a group stage encounter. There’s no comparison. We’ll see what happens.”

Robben added that the Netherlands have enjoyed a good warm-up for the competition, and revealed who he considers to be favourites to win the tournament.

“We’ve had a great preparation and we have improved in certain aspects,” Robben continued.

“Everyone is excited and happy to be here.

“In my opinion, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Germany are the favourites to win the World Cup.

“Spain are first in the rankings and we are 15th. It’s important that we play compactly and effectively.”

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