Swansea City winger Pablo Hernandez discusses Spain's hopes at the World Cup
10th June 2014
The wait is almost over as the World Cup in Brazil gets underway in just three days!
Swansea City's interest will be focussed on the fortunes of Holland's Michel Vorm, Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony and South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.
In the build-up to the tournament, we will bring you interviews with the Swans players involved in the the showcase along with members of Garry Monk's squad who are following the fortunes of their nations.
Following on from interviews with Michel Vorm and Wilfried Bony, Swans' Spanish international Pablo Hernandez discusses his nation's chances of retaining the World Cup and winning a fourth consecutive major trophy.
"It's very difficult to win two European Championships and World Cups consecutively, and if Spain can manage that then it would be an incredible achievement.
"In my opinion Spain are the favourites because only two or three players have changed over the last eight years. They have that consistency in team selection and each player knows exactly what their job is.
"I think Spain are a difficult team to play against, not only because of the way they retain the ball, but also the systems they can play too.
"When you are the opposition chasing the ball it must be very difficult against players of Spain's quality. And I think playing against a team that can quickly move to four in defence and six in midfield can affect your gameplan too.
"But they must first get through the Group Stage, which I expect them to.
"Holland in the first game - a repeat of the 2010 final - is a massive test. Holland will want revenge, but it's important that Spain get past that game with either a draw or win because it will have a massive effect on confidence."
"Brazil, of course, will be strong contenders as they are at home, while Argentina, Germany and Holland will also be pushing too.
"But I think Spain can do it. They have players who have won the Euros twice and also the World Cup in South Africa, so they have huge experience in major tournaments which I think will be crucial."
"It's difficult to pick out one particular player because of the importance of each player in the passing system we have.
"There's Iniesta, Fabregas, Xavi, Xabi Alonso - I can't pick one player above the rest."
Favourite World Cup moment?
"Ask anyone in Spain and you will get the same answer - South Africa 2010. I was at home with my friends watching the final against Holland, and the moment Iniesta scored in extra-time we all went crazy. It was an unforgettable moment."