La Roja were well beaten by the Selecao in the Confederation Cup final last summer and hopes they can make it out of "the toughest group" to face them again
La Roja were beaten 3-0 by the Selecao in the final but could end up facing Luiz Felipe Scolari's men again as soon as the last 16 of the World Cup, though the Barcelona midfielder is hoping the reigning world champions can get their own back in the final.
"Here’s hoping (we can get revenge)! Why not in the final?" he said in an interview with FIFA.com. "Obviously anything could happen, considering it’s a World Cup and the difficult group we’ve been drawn in – and their group is no breeze either. But football always gives you the opportunity to get revenge. Here’s hoping it’s at the World Cup and at as late a stage as possible."
"We’re focused on the fact that we have been drawn in a really very tricky group, one of the toughest at the World Cup," he added. "We are going there to compete and we’re desperate to give a good account of ourselves and retain the trophy, but we are keeping our feet on the ground. We know how hard it is to play at the World Cup to begin with, let alone with the group we’ve been handed. It’s got to be one of the two hardest groups, if not the toughest."
Spain is aiming to become the first nation to defend the World Cup since Brazil in 1962 having successfully bagged back-to-back European Championship trophies with its win in 2012.