Carlos Marchena believes Spain are destined for the FIFA World Cup™ title, insisting the time for one of football's biggest underachievers has now come. The European champions come up against the Netherlands in the final at Soccer City tomorrow.
"I believe the history of football owes us this one," said Marchena, who has appeared mainly as a substitute so far. "There have been great moments in our history where fortune did not end up on our side. We have been through several great disappointments over the years. We tried hard then, but without any luck. Perhaps this time we are to change those bitter moments. I hope Sunday is one of those beautiful moments, which are to be remembered in a good way for the rest of our lives."
The Valencia defender has hailed the team spirit within Vicente del Bosque's side. He also went as far as to say that it was perhaps the main reason why this group of players had succeeded where others in the past had failed. He continued: "There have been great national teams before, but this team is the one that has been able to be the best 'team'. This is how it has managed to get where it is and it's a great credit to our players. In this moment, we're making up for all those bitter moments we've suffered. We know the expectations are huge here and in Spain. Hopefully the best times are to come."
But the 30-year-old warned that the Netherlands will not be easily rolled over and described them as a "complete team". "We have been following their progress closely," he said. "We've seen videos of them playing and have analysed their strengths and weaknesses. The first thing is to stop their strong attack and then play our game.
"They have many strengths as we have seen throughout the World Cup. They defend very well and are a pretty complete team, with a great goalkeeper and midfielders that can create plenty of space. Their forwards are also very clever. They are quick and are capable of some deadly counter-attacks. So yes, they are a very complete team, but we will be prepared."