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The 63-year-old insists his team will respect their main rivals for first place in Group B, while he praised David Villa as one of the best in the world

Vicente del Bosque says Spain are not scared of Netherlands, their first opponents in the World Cup.

The two sides meet in their Group B opener as they replay the 2010 final, which Andres Iniesta settled deep into extra-time to secure a first ever world crown for his country.

Del Bosque admits that his side have to respect the 2010 runners-up, but insists they are not scared of Louis van Gaal's charges as he feels there is great unity in his team.

"We don’t fear the Netherlands," he said after Saturday's win over El Salvador. "We respect the rightful runners-up of the World Cup.

"All teams have problems but we function as a team more than individual players and that makes it easier to find solutions when we have injuries."

The coach heaped praise upon David Villa, who scored both goals in Spain's 2-0 win on Saturday.

"We know that in confined spaces Villa is one of the best in the world.

"We lacked consistency and accuracy in the final metres but we were well positioned on the field. We feel good. We are optimistic about the start of the competition.

"There weren’t many options here but they did well and our defending was ordered.

"But it’s not important if we play well because if we have the initiative in the game I’m sure that in most games we’ll have the space to pass."

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