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Will Brazil's flair flourish or Spain's tika taka succeed in Confederations Cup final?
Very few dreams come true, but when one talks about the Confederations Cup final, it has indeed come true. Two giants of world football, Brazil will clash with Spain in the finals of the competition to win the prestigious trophy in the Marcana stadium in Brazil on June 30.

It is going to be a game that's expected to witness Brazilian flair and Spanish tiki tika style of playing football. Will Brazilian flair flourish or Spanish tiki taka? There is nothing much to choose between the two sides. Spain, who has not lost in the last 29 competitive international fixtures is just an inch closer to their 30th win, more importantly, their first Confederation Cup. But that inch might look like a feet long, if the hungry and motivated Brazilian players rise to the occasion and achieve something, which has not happened in last 29 competitive matches of Spain? Brazil would also be boosted and ably supported by their fans at home as they have looked as one of the strongest teams in the competition.

Brazil would try to breakdown Spain's tika taka style to make their key players such as Iniesta and Xavi look useless, which could frustrate the Spanish players. This would result in Brazil playing a counter attacking style of football at a fast pace, which they excel in. The likes of Zico to Ronaldo has mastered it and Neymar is also on the same track. With the likes of Fred and Neymar in good form, the Spanish side need to be careful of loosing their possession, else Neymar's burst of pace might be a difficult one to handle for the Spanish defenders.

Italy nearly made the Spanish side pay in the semi-finals, where the Azzurri's dragged the match beyond 120 minuted of football (regulation plus extra time) only loosing out in penalties. Italy opted for three central defenders to disturb the Spanish flow, but Brazil who are known for their attacking style of play would hardly come up with such strategies. They are going to take things on their face. Hence, the game is expected to be an exciting one with both teams going on the offensive. It would be a visual treat if the game turns out to be a box to box defender.

Spain has been in rich vein of goal-scoring form with 15 goals in the round robin stages and are expected to hit top gear after their unimpressive show in the semis against the Italians. The match reflected that even when they do no play their best football, they can win, but Brazil will not return the same favour like Italy, if Spain play below par football. Brazil will go for the kill, if any such chance comes through. The Brazilians, who always play big games to their full potential will not be an easy nut to crack for Spain, in spite of the Spanish team winning three major trophies of late, 2008 and 2012 Euro Cup and the 2014 World Cup. Will the 2013 Confederations Cup prove to be their fourth major trophy in five years?

But with Fernando Torres, who has played an important hand in all these trophies not in the best of form, will Del Bosqe, the Spanish coach risk him in such a big game? The Chelsea striker was in decent form during the round robin fixtures, but slumped in the semis against Italy. They have other strikers in their ranks such as Soldado and Villa, who might even start ahead of Torres or as Del Bosque has sometimes put up a team in the past without any striker, it all depends on the coach. Anything is possible with a number of world class players in their ranks.

Brazil does not have any such problems upfront with Neymar and Fred. They have been lethal in their previous matches. In fact, Brazil would depend to a large extent on Neymar to score their goals along with Fred. The Spanish defenders, Sergio Ramos and Pique will need to be on top of their game to stop the duo from finding the back of the net. The team, which wins the competition is going to head to the 2104 World Cup as favourites, which is scheduled to be played in Brazil itself.

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