Iniesta fit for crucial Chile clash; WORLD CUP.

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Byline: Mark Langdon

ANDRES INIESTA has declared himself fit for Spain’s crucial World Cup clash against Group H table-toppers Chile tomorrow.

The European champions must win to seal their spot in the next phase and Iniesta believes he is ready despite coming off injured in last week’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland, which has left Spain sweating on their last-16 berth.

“This game is going to be special, because they are playing for everything and I’m sure will have to come and attack from the start, but we will try and impose our style on the game as well,” said the former Liverpool man.


“I trained well and felt quite good and could do everything as normal,” said the key playmaker, who has struggled with niggles throughout the domestic campaign for Barcelona. . “The feelings are good and above all I hope to be available and hope to be at 100 per cent so I can help the team, although the question of being in the starting 11 is obviously one for the coach,” added Iniesta.

“I don’t think it’s ideal because when we are with the national team you have to focus,” he said.

Chile winger Mark Gonzalez, who scored the only goal of the game when the South Americans beat Switzerland 1-0 on Monday believes the clash with Spain could be a classic encounter.

It is still possible for Spain and Chile to both qualify if Honduras hold Switzerland and the Central Americans have promised to give everything tomorrow even though it is virtually impossible for them to qualify Coach Reinaldo Rueda said: “We must go out to win, and dignity must emerge.”

There is growing speculation in Spain that Iniesta could soon be joined by left-winger Juan Mata at Camp Nou and Valencia’s no-nonsense defender Carlos Marchena is concerned the transfer rumours may unsettle the squad.

Spain’s Andres Iniesta works with the physio while boss Vicente del Bosque looks on


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Posted September 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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