POTCHEFSTROOM - Spain are
determined not to be remembered like the Dutch side of the 1970s
who were widely praised for their delightful playing style but
ended up trophyless, according to midfielder Xavi.
Deploying tactics that came to be known as 'Total Football',
Netherlands reached the World Cup final in 1974 and 1978 but
fell respectively to Franz Beckenbauer's West Germany and an
Argentina side fired by the goals of Mario Kempes.
The Dutch players' orange shirts and their style, based
around rapid passing and dominance of possession, prompted the
nickname 'clockwork orange' in Spain after the film but Xavi
said the team were only remembered now for their football.
"We don't want to become another clockwork orange, we want
to be the champions," he told Spanish daily El Periodico ahead
of Sunday's final against Netherlands in Johannesburg.
"We want to go down in history by lifting this trophy," he
added. "It would be hugely just for football, good for this
sport and, what's more, this generation of players deserves it."
Midfielder Sergio Busquets, who plays with Xavi at Spanish
champions Barcelona, said on Friday Spain owed a large debt of
gratitude to Netherlands because of the strong Dutch influence
at Barca down the years.
Seven Barcelona players started Spain's semi-final against
Germany, including Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Busquets, all of
whom have inherited part of the legacy handed down from Dutch
coaches Johan Cruyff through Louis van Gaal to Frank Rijkaard.
The Barcelona connection also applies to Netherlands
assistant coaches Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu plus captain
Giovanni van Bronckhorst and midfielder Mark van Bommel.
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