Spain may have already booked their place in the semi-finals of the Confederation Cup but they have their sights set on a new record.
If the European champions defeat
hosts South Africa on Saturday night, they will have recorded their 15th
successive win, breaking the record set by Brazil, Australia and France.
It would also mean that Spain will
equal Brazil’s 35-match unbeaten record.
"It is important. Of course we are not constantly
thinking of it but we have an opportunity to go down in history,"
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque told a press confernence in Bloemfontein.
"If we win, our performances cannot be questioned, it
would be a hard fact.
"You must remember that this unbeaten run has not just
been against easy teams. It has also included the Euros where we had to face
tough opponents, including England,
Turkey and Belgium. We've indeed had strong opponents."
Last time Spain lost was back in November 2006 at the hands
It won’t be easy as South Africa need a point to book their
place in the last four and have a sell-out 48,000 Bloemfontein crowd behind
"For us the important thing is the next match will
give us the chance to go on with our winning streak," del Bosque added.
"We have this momentum and we want it to continue. But
if we ever had a chance to make some changes then this is the ideal situation,
to give some a break and others a chance.
"But we must make sure we don't weaken our team. We
will have a strong team on Saturday as well."