x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Spain will have to improve game to lift trophy, Iniesta says

Andres Iniesta has conceded Spain will have to step up a gear if they are to overcome Holland in the World Cup final.

Andres Iniesta has conceded Spain will have to step up a gear if they are to overcome Holland in the World Cup final. Although the Euro 2008 winners have lived up to their pre-tournament billing by reaching the final for the first time, they have still not managed to hit top form. Three successive 1-0 victories in the knockout stage does not indicate a team at their peak. Although they dominated their semi-final against Germany in Durban on Wednesday, Spain once again failed to find the killer touch and they would have been behind had Toni Kroos finished off the chance that fell his way just before Carles Puyol headed the winner. "We will play better because we will probably have to if we are going to win the World Cup," Iniesta said. "What we did in the semi-final certainly won't help us to win the final. But I have confidence in my teammates and I think this group is able to take the final step."