Busquets worried about Dutch counter-attacks
World champions Spain must be wary of their Dutch opponents' ability to hit them on the break in Friday's Group B match, warned midfielder Sergio Busquets.
The 25-year-old Barcelona star -- who played in the 2010 final against the Dutch which Spain won 1-0 -- said while most of the team that won the World Cup remained, Holland now have a lot of new young talent.
"We have practically the same players whereas they have had an infusion of new players and a new coach (Louis van Gaal)," said Busquets.
"They have deployed a different system of playing, with five defenders and relying on hitting their opponents on the counter-attack.
"We have to thwart their counter-attacks and also keep a close eye on their most effective players such as Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder. We must get a good result so we can approach the other two group matches (Chile and Australia)in a calm state."
Busquets, who was also part of the Spain team that won the Euro 2012 title, admitted he was a little concerned by the heat and humidity that awaited them at the venue of Friday's match in Salvador, where temperatures are 30 degrees celsius (86 degrees fahrenheit).
"However, the more possession we have and the more we pass the ball, the easier it will be for us," he said.
"We will then have an advantage over our opponents," he added.
The Spanish will go on to play highly-rated Chile in their second group game on June 18 in Rio de Janeiro and round off the first phase matches against Australia in Curitiba.