VIDEO: Ex-Chelsea star plays down World Cup 'revenge' against Spain

Sneijder, Robben and De Jong Netherlands

The Netherlands and Bayern Munich winger spoke ahead of their opening match against the world champions on Friday.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben insists that his side are not out for revenge against Spain in their opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Spain overcame the Dutch in a brutal encounter in the 2010 final. Andres Iniesta's injury-time winner saw La Roja become world champions with a 1-0 victory.

Robben, however, has downplayed the history between the two sides.

'The game against Spain is just one of the three group matches', the winger said. 'Of course there is history between us but we're not thinking about it at the moment.

'We are only focused on the football and the match. The last World Cup is history, it doesn't matter any more'.

The Dutch came under intense criticism for their physical play during the 2010 final in Johannesburg. A side best known for their brand of 'total football' resorted to ruthless tackling in order to stop the Spanish tiki-taka, and the game is perhaps best remembered for Nigel de Jong's kung-fu-style kick on Xabi Alonso.

The Oranje head into this World Cup in good form and on the back of warm-up wins against Ghana and Wales. They finished unbeaten in the qualifying stages, with nine wins and just one draw.

Drawn alongside Chile and Australia, both the Netherlands and Spain will be expected to qualify. The opener promises to be one of the best matches of the early stages, and it could end up deciding which side top Group B and avoid the winner of Group A - which contains Brazil - in the first knockout round.

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