Ibanez dismisses 'easy' talk
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Spain defender Pablo Ibanez fears inexperience may cost the team against France.
Spain defender Pablo Ibanez fears inexperience may be the team's undoing in the last 16 match against France on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Atletico Madrid centre back has dismissed talk of a walkover against Les Bleus, despite the form of the teams at the World Cup.
France scraped through Group G, while the young Spaniards have a perfect record and eight goals in the tournament so far.
But Ibanez has warned against complacency and emphasised the collective team effort that a win would take.
"I do not believe that this match is a duel between Carles Puyol and Thierry Henry for revenge after the UEFA Champions League final," he explained.
"France have an excellent team with many experienced players and a good work ethic. Experience is important in football.
"They are a pacey team and with Henry in attack they are always dangerous.
"But our goal is to win by controlling the ball and exploiting their weaknesses.
"I look to Raul, and in our captain I note a special passion for this match. Spain are only focused on today, though our objective is the final."
Ibanez looks set to return to the starting XI for the match in Hannover, after coach Luis Aragones gave the reserves a run out against Saudi Arabia on Friday.