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Spain Ready To Show Dominance At Confederations Cup

posted 18 Jun 2013, 12:16 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 18 Jun 2013, 12:17 ]

Spain's Pedro says team is adjusting well to the Confederations Cup in Brazil as the side prepares to advance in the eight-nation tournament.

RIO DE JANEIROBRAZIL (JUNE 18, 2013) (REUTERS) - Spain dominated Uruguay in their Confederations Cup opener suggesting the demise of tiki taka is not as close as some have suggested, regardless of what happened in the Champions League this season.

On Tuesday, Spain's Pedro, who had a first half goal against Uruguay, said the team is adjusting well to their surroundings since arriving to Brazil for the eight-nation tournament.

The Barcelona forward said other than some long distances traveled between training sessions and their hotels, things have run smoothly in Brazil.

"To be honest, we adjust and adapt to what's there and well, this has never been a problem for us. Things are going well. Logically, we'd maybe like to have things (practice centres, hotel and stadiums) a little closer together because it would be more comfortable, but that's it. We are training well on the pitch, we're doing well everywhere we are going and really things are going really well here in Brazil," Pedro said.

The team is currently in Rio de Janeiro preparing for Thursday's (June 20) match at the iconic Maracana where they are expected to easily handle Tahiti who lost their opener to Nigeria 6-1 on Monday (June 17).

The tournament is seen as a dry run for next year's World Cup soccer championship and has been seen as a test for Brazil's ability to host upcoming large-scale sporting events including the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio.

A swell of protests has swept Brazil in recent weeks with widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption, but during the news conference Pedro suggested the team was focused on preparing for upcoming games, and not what is going on off the pitch.