You don't become the No. 1-ranked team in the world without doing your homework, and you can be sure Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque is reminding his team about last year's match. While we can't be sure of what he's telling his charges, Spanish press seems to have their own ideas about how to beat us. With links to the articles (so that those of you, like Jozy, can use your Spanish), here's what's being said about tomorrow's match:
Headline: Del Bosque: 'U.S. is playing without pressure and that makes them dangerous'
Last quote of the article: "I'm not saying that they won't put us in some tight spots. They've lost two games in which they played a man down, and even so, they made Italy suffer. But when they played with eleven and had their full team, they routed Egypt."
Headline: Sergio Ramos: 'Spain Deserves an Important Final'
Fourth paragraph: "The gaffer made sure to show us video of our rival. This morning we have been getting to know the United States very well. On corners and dead balls, they have big players that can create a lot of danger. We’ll try to counteract their importance."
MARCA.com (A sports daily that is Spain's most widely-read periodical)
Headline: The Secrets of the 'Darkhorse' of the Confederations Cup
Second to last paragraph: "In terms of their weak points, there are a definite few and Del Bosque already has them in mind. The defensive level of the North Americans is pretty fragile. The central defensive pair leaves much to be desired and is pretty slow, something that the Torres-Villa duo can take advantage of. Set pieces are not their strength either, something that Spain has improved upon lately thanks to their strategic play."
Third to last paragraph: "[Spain] will have to be cautious of the U.S. counterattacks and Bradley's late runs into the box. Also, they will have to be wary of the possible forward runs from Spector on the widths. The West Ham defender has a strong offensive mindset."