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The coach doesn't want his team to get carried away despite their good form...

Vicente Del Bosque has assured that Spain are comfortable with their status as favourites in the Confederations Cup, but stressed that they are not getting carried away.

The European champions opened their campaign with a crushing 5-0 win over New Zealand in South Africa and take on Iraq tomorrow, knowing a win would qualify them from the group.

Del Bosque says that "we are handling favouritism normally, because we have good players who are keeping their feet on the ground".

As always, the coach was also wary as he spoke to the press, explaining that "we are already talking about winning the World Cup and we have not qualified".

"Spain has always been very pessimistic and now we are very optimistic. We have to all realise that we have responsibilities," he mused.

Regarding the records that Spain can break in this competition, notably drawing level with Brazil's run of 35 undefeated games, Del Bosque sees it as "more motivation, but our main objective is to get to the semi-finals".

The coach also answered questions about David Villa today, and whether he has been distracted by talk about his future.

"There is no problem with Villa. His heart might be thinking about his future, but we have no problem with him," he said.

Finally, Del Bosque paid tribute to the Premier League, declaring that having Spanish players plying their trade in England has helped.

"One of the factors of the success is that players have gone to the Premier League. It has helped them to play away from home. The styles are different and they have added to the national team," he concluded.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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