Midfield star Cesc Fabregas says Spain are "hungry for the title" as they prepare to launch their bid to win the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in their history. The reigning European champions start their Group H campaign against Switzerland in Durban on Wednesday.
"We are hungry for the title and we can show we are the best at this championships," said the Arsenal playmaker. "We are in a very competitive group, but we are keen to show that this is our moment and we are hungry to show that Spain can be the best. But we have to take things step by step.
"Two years ago, we won the European Championship and I recall that we were not being talked up, but we took things a match at a time and stayed humble, and I think we have to maintain this mentality," said the 23-year-old.
We are in a very competitive group, but we are keen to show that this is our moment.
Fabregas recalled how in Germany four years ago the Spaniards were in effervescent form in the opening phase but then were caught out by France. "Everything was going perfectly and then we had a poor game and they put us out - we have to learn from that," he said.
The Spain star also recalled a shock Confederations Cup semi-final loss to the United States last year. He said: "Against the USA we rained shots in on goal and we have to be aware that this is how things can go even against a smaller rival. The luck factor can be fundamental."
Fabregas says he is now fighting fit after missing much of the second half of the season with injury. "The great thing is that I have not missed a session since the first day that the team got together - there are no problems and that's the best thing that could happen," said Fabregas, who insists he is not thinking about his club future despite persistent reports of Barcelona looking to prise him away from London.
"I am totally isolated and I am not thinking about anything beyond being at the World Cup and giving everything for the national side," he said.