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The Spain and Bayern Munich defensive midfielder said La Roja want to become the first country to defend their World Cup trophy in 52 years.

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martínez says Spain are looking to make a historic defence of their World Cup title.

The world champions will have a target on their backs after winning three consecutive major tournaments, but the Arsenal target is backing his national side to go all the way in Brazil.

"When you have won the World Cup all your rivals have an extra motivation to beat the reigning champions," the 25-year-old said. "It was the same case this season with Bayern Munich, every team wanted to win against us."

"Spain want to become the first county to defend their World Cup title since Brazil retained the trophy in 1962 - that is our extra motivation."

Vicente del Bosque's side will face a tough road to the final, after they were drawn alongside the Netherlands, Chile and Australia in Group B.

Spain will need to finish top of their group if they are to avoid facing the winners of Group A - which features host nation Brazil - in the first knockout stage.

The battle to win Group B may well come down to the opening game, when Spain take on the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, which the Spaniards won in extra time.

Martínez has been tipped to start in the centre of defence in that game, where he will come face to face with his Bayern Munich teammate Arjen Robben.

And the midfielder wants to make a better start to the campaign than in 2010, when Spain lost to Switzerland in the opener.

"This time around we want a winning start, because that will give us more confidence. We want to begin on the right note, even though we have proved that you can still be crowned champions if you lose a match."

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