In an exclusive interview with GQ magazine, Iker Casillas has declared that the Spain squad has won the "right to fail" after six years of title triumphs. Casillas also says that the start Spain have against Holland is a "stimulus" that will help the side adopt the right attitude.
Casillas, who was the hero four years ago in South Africa, underlined the difficulty of the group that Spain has been drawn into together with Holland, Chile and Australia.
"Then, I was lucky because I tried to guess which way Robben would hit the ball but he changed his mind at the last second and I was able to take the ball off his foot. It was not a great save, but it was important as we did not concede a goal".
Some observers believe Casillas will arrive at the tournament rested up while others feel he is not in form due to his lack of games this season, but the captain says he feels "good" despite all the talk.
After the last six years of success for the squad, the keeper is keen to make it clear that the team go to Brazil looking to retain their title but also without "feeling any pressure, as we have won the right to fail".
He went on to praise the quality of youngsters such as Thiago, Javi Martínez and Isco, together with the work of Vicente Del Bosque in a squad he describes as a perfect mixture of veterans and youth. He was also quick to admit that he did not hide the fact that this could be the last World Cup for many players.
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he looks damnnnn good