Barca playmaker says world and European champions have it all to do against host nation.
Spain midfield player Andres Iniesta claims that Brazil are the favourites to win Sunday night’s Confederations Cup at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, reports the Mail on Sunday.
The two nations meet in a much-anticipated clash, with the hosts eyeing up a record-breaking third title in a row, while victory for their opponents would give Vincente del Bosque’s men a full compliment of international titles following their triumphs at both South Africa 2010 and Euro 2012.
The only trophy that has so far eluded La Roja, however, is the Confederations Cup, with Spain having surprisingly been beaten by the United States also at the semi-final stage four years ago, before the Selecao then went on to overcome the US 3-2 in the final.
But the hugely talented FC Barcelona playmaker has labelled his side as the underdogs going into the big showdown against the five-time world champions, telling Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: “This is a moment to close a circle of tournaments with the national team.
“Brazil are favourites because they are playing at home and I don’t know how many thousand people will be behind them.
“We must turn that into a form of motivation for us. There is no bigger challenge than beating Brazil at their home ground.
“Brazil are a great team and have played a spectacular championship so far. But we have a very good team too, and I have no hesitation in saying we are going for the title.”