Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has urged his players to quickly move on from their sem-final celebrations.
Del Bosque is already focused on beating the Netherlands on Sunday after Carles Puyol’s second-half header put Spain into the final for the first time.
“You must celebrate victory but with moderation and don’t forget your responsibilities. We are sportsmen and we want to reach out for the World Cup,” said Del Bosque.
“Our players know what football is. The defeat against Switzerland (in the group phase) was tough on us. We didn’t deserve it. We have been growing and this brought us to the final. “There is hardly anything more precious than to win the World Cup. We should not be bragging and too conceited, let’s just play the next match. Holland play exciting football and have tried to become world champions for a number of years. There are two great teams.”
The Dutch have never won the World Cup so a new world champion is guaranteed, while no European nation has ever previously won the tournament outside their own continent.
Del Bosque said Spain, who have failed so often at World Cups, had a good chance of glory. “This country has changed enormously. We have great things and one of them is sports,” he said. “We are privileged to have so many good sportsmen. Football is the local motivation. Spain deserves to be triumphant and to make it to the top.”