Santi Cazorla believes a showdown between Spain and Brazil at the Confederations Cup will offer some telling insights ahead of the World Cup.
The world and European champions will kick off their campaign against Uruguay on Saturday, before facing Tahiti and Nigeria in Group B.
Should they progress, Spain are likely to face the hosts in either the semi-finals or final and Cazorla is excited by the prospect.
Anyone would like to play against them, they have been world champions many times, they have very good players and it would be a great game
“Many people are talking about that potential match-up between Brazil and Spain - it has been a long time coming,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Anyone would like to play against them, they have been world champions many times, they have very good players and it would be a great game. It would also be a great way to measure how prepared we are for the World Cup next summer.
“[Playing in Brazil] will help us get to know the country, the stadiums, the atmosphere and what it will be like during the World Cup. It is a country that really lives for football, and I am sure we will enjoy our stay there during the Confederations Cup.”
Having won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and last year’s European Championship, Cazorla hopes Spain can maintain their momentum in Brazil this summer.
“The Confederations Cup is the one remaining trophy that we have yet to win,” he said. “It does not have the media coverage of a European Championship or a World Cup, but we do want to win it.
“We want to do especially well because we did not win it in South Africa, and we want to maintain the good form we’ve had.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source