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Cazorla: “If anything defines the Spain side, it’s unity”

AS AS 17/06/2014 Joaquín Maroto
Santi Cazorla chats to Maroto and Matallanas © Proporcionado por AS Santi Cazorla chats to Maroto and Matallanas

Santi Cazorla was the latest guest in ‘Café con La Roja’ – the midfielder has yet to make his debut at 2014 World Cup Brazil but is hoping to be given a run-out either on Wednesday against Chile or next week in the final group stage game against Australia.

“All of us want to get to play, and we all know how difficult it is to get a place in the side. But what’s more important for us right now is gaining a few points; we’ve got no other option than going out to beat Chile,” he told Maroto and Matallanas.

In the meantime, Spain have been busy licking their wounds after a shock 5-1 reverse in their tournament opener.

“We’re feeling a lot better now – the first 24 hours are the worst but we’ve still got chances to qualify for the next round. “The worst part was watching the final 20 or 25 minutes of the game and seeing the team so downhearted,” Cazorla explained. “I was sat on the bench just wanting the match to end – every minute seemed like an eternity... In the first half we didn’t play too badly, Holland’s only real chance was a Wesley Sneijder effort which Casillas saved. The key was perhaps the chance that David [Silva] had – if that had gone in, I’m sure we would have seen a completely different game. Then three minutes later, they equalised and that really hurt us. We’ve got a lot of things to learn and a lot to things to repair – that’s what we’re doing”.

Some of those reparations could involve changes to the side. Cazorla admits that something must be done quickly to get the defending champions scoring freely once again. “The coach hasn’t really said much to those of us who aren’t first choice. There’s still time to try something a little different but it’s clear that we’ve got to start taking a few more risks because at the end of the day, what we want is to win.

“As soon as the game against Holland had ended, Iker had a chat with all of us to lift our spirits. He told us that we have to remain united and that this is a unique opportunity for us to make history”.

The midfielder joked that temperatures in Curitiba were “similar to London and Asturias” and have been ideal for Spain’s training regime. A more serious issue is that of his future, with rumours that Atlético are keen to sign him as a replacement for Diego Ribas.

“When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation,” he continued. “I don’t want to be thinking about it right now and I’ve told my agents not to tell me anything is an offer comes in. But I know a few of the Atlético players – Godín, Juanfran and I know the side well from when I was playing the Spanish league but until the tournament is over, I won’t know if the rumours are true or not,”

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