Hernanes: I would rather face Spain than Italy

The Brazil midfielder has a preference for taking on the reigning world champions and was over the moon with his side's performance against Uruguay on Wednesday
By Kris Voakes

Brazil midfielder Hernanes is hoping to face Spain rather than Italy in Sunday's Confederations Cup final.

The World Cup 2014 hosts beat Uruguay 2-1 on Wednesday in order to book their ticket for the showpiece on June 30, with the second semi-final to take place in Fortaleza on Thursday.

"I would prefer to play against Spain [in the final] but we'll see what they do on Thursday," 28-year-old told Goal.

Hernanes then went on to reflect on his side's win over the Celeste and hailed the importance of their victory.

"It was a very different sort of game, a true semi-final, because we had to come back at Uruguay and they then came back at us, and us back at them, and so on," he continued.

"It was a game that needed our full attention and our team showed a real grit to maintain a hold and to attain the result at the end. It is a truly important performance and result for our growth."

Brazil have flourished under Luiz Felipe Scolari at the Confederations Cup and Hernanes stressed that the experienced coach has played a key role in their success so far.

"We are having a great time under Scolari because he came in to work with us in January or February and he has been saying since that we must grow and grow as a squad and we can see it," he observed.

"We look like a team that is maturing and is having a great time because we are enjoying working with him."

Brazil would become the first team in history to win the Confederations Cup three times in a row if they win Sunday's final.