Three of our players on World Cup duty have been speaking about the fortunes of their respective nations in Brazil.
Following their poor start to the defence of the World Cup, when they were beaten 5-1 by the Netherlands, Spain will look to bounce back against Chile later today, with Fernando Torres stressing the importance of winning the game, even if it means opting for substance over style.
Having taking an early lead against the Dutch, Spain capitulated after falling behind early in the second half. Chile got their campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-1 win over Australia, meaning today’s game has taken on even greater significance.
‘The important thing is that we win, hopefully in our usual style, at the high level that allowed us to win the World Cup and Euro 2012,’ said Torres.
‘If we can’t win like that, we have to win anyway, because otherwise we’ll have to go back home. All that’s important is that Spain play and win.
‘I think that nobody who’s going to play thinks about losing, we all think about winning. Of course a defeat’s one of three possibilities, but that’s not what we’re considering. We don’t want to think about that possibility. We know Chile are very dangerous opponents and are going to try to win.’
The Chelsea striker, a late substitute against the Netherlands, expects an open contest in Rio de Janeiro given the attacking nature of Chile’s game.
‘That’s a problem because they’re not going to sit back; they’re going to be attacking,’ he added. ‘We know that they have maybe more problems in defence, but we want to win against Chile and after we’ll think about the next game. Since we lost against the Netherlands, the only thing we’ve thought about is winning against Chile.’
Frank Lampard, meanwhile, is hopeful England’s positive approach will help them get the better of Uruguay when the two teams meet in Group D tomorrow.
Roy Hodgson’s side played well for much of their opening game against Italy, before eventually losing 2-1, and the Chelsea midfielder, an unused sub in that match, has told the younger members of the squad results are the priority at this stage of the competition.
‘There were a lot of good reports and rightly so after the game but I don’t want to be part of a team which had great potential and played a good performance but then we all go home. Nobody wants to do that,’ said Lampard.
‘We are under no illusions what the next game is about.’
Willian came on as a late sub for Brazil last night as the hosts were held to a goalless draw by Mexico, leaving the two teams level on four points at the top of Group A, albeit having played a game more than Croatia and Australia.
The Chelsea winger is now completely focused on ensuring they bring the group stage to an end with a win against Cameroon on Monday.
‘The team played well, but Mexico had a great game too,’ said Willian.
‘Now we have to continue training, playing well and think about the team for Cameroon now. It will be difficult. There are no easy games in the World Cup.
‘When it comes to Brazil, everybody wants to play. Hopefully we will leave with a positive result.’