Fabregas and Alonso confident Spain will recover

Spain's Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas spoke in Curitiba as they look to overcome the shock of their side's humiliating defeat to the Netherlands.

Two of Spain's midfield maestros believe that the reigning world champions' recent success in major international tournaments will give them the confidence to qualify for the knockout stages.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso are both confident that La Roja can get over their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Netherlands to pick up six points from their remaining two games and get out of the tough Group B.

"We believe in this team, in this group, we have earned the right to trust ourselves," said Alonso, who scored Spain's only goal from the penalty spot in their World Cup opener.

"We have the perfect chance to redeem ourselves next Wednesday against Chile and to turn this situation in the opposite direction."

He added: "We will not get over this situation because of what we have done four or two years ago, we will do so because of what we need to do and improve right now."

Fabregas, who played a key role as the 'false nine' in attack during Spain's Euro 2012 triumph, was consigned to the substitutes' bench for much of the game against the Netherlands. He came on in the 78th minute with his team behind 4-1, and had little effect.

The Chelsea-bound Barcelona midfielder, who may be called upon should coach Vicente del Bosque look to shake up his side, still believes that Spain will get out of the group, as they did four years ago in South Africa when they lost their opener to Switzerland.

"I believe this team has a lot of character and courage," the 27-year-old said. "We have always put up a fight during difficult times, and this is a difficult moment, probably one of the most complicated ones in the past 6 years.

"But I trust this team and this group, we have always been up to the circumstances when we needed to be - this time won't be an exception. At least, we will do all we can to get those six points and make it through the group stage."

Beating Chile will be a tough task for the world champions. Jorge Sampaoli's side looked impressive in their 3-1 win over Australia, and South American sides have fared very well in the tournament so far.

However, if Spain do overcome Chile, then they will feel confident that they can beat the Socceroos in their final group game to almost certainly guarantee qualification for the next round.

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