Spain have identified Wesley Sneijder as the Netherlands’ main threat, but the Iberian’s believe they can stop him.
26-year-old Sneijder is looking to cap his amazing treble-winning season with Inter Milan by winning the World Cup title when his side face Spain in Johannesburg.
But midfielder Sergio Busquets, who took over the holding role from veteran Marcos Senna, remains confident that Vicente del Bosque’s men can deal with any Dutch danger.
“Sneijder is a very good player,” he said. “He has shown that with every team he has played with. We have to stop him together as a team by not giving him space or any time to think, just like we did with Germany’s Mesut Oezil.”
Sneijder’s fellow Golden Ball nominee, Oezil, was kept at bay for long periods in the semi-final, and Spain eventually required just one goal from Carles Puyol to seal victory.
“We know how dangerous Sniejder is,” Busquets continued. “And if we don’t do these things, he can be very dangerous and set up the strikers of his team. But as I said, we’ve already stopped other major players in the tournament and hopefully with Sneijder it will be the same result.”