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Spain won't want goal feast - Tahiti coach

19 June 2013, 10:06

Brasilia - Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta believes Spain won't want to humiliate his side with an avalanche of goals in their Confederations Cup meeting on Thursday.

Etaeta's team from the South Pacific have an unlikely encounter with the world and European champions in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro in Group B of the tournament.

"Everybody says Spain will score a lot of goals against us but I don't think so," Etaeta told said on Tuesday, the day after side began their tournament with a 6-1 defeat to Nigeria in Belo Horizonte.

"I don't think Spain will want to score a lot of goals. I know (Spain coach) Vicente Del Bosque. He is a person with a lot of humility and respect. He won't say to his players, 'go and play, play against Tahiti and score a lot of goals.' I don't think so.

"It is not the objective for Spain to score a lot of goals against Tahiti. I think Spain, world champions, respect us."

All but one of the Tahitian squad are amateurs and eight are unemployed, a vast cry from the world-class players of Barcelona, Real Madrid and other top European clubs they will be trying to contain on Thursday.

The Tahiti team has no sponsors and their players are not being paid, although the federation is compensating employers for the absence from work.

Those lucky enough to have a job are earning about 1 000 dollars a month, media director Olivier Huc said. In comparison, Spain's Chelsea striker earns an estimated 20 million dollars a year including endorsements, according to Forbes.

"They are asking me how they can get the shirts of the Spanish players. They are fans," he said.

Tahiti are experiencing a major competition for the first time after surprisingly winning the Oceania championship. They are already out of contention for a place at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

"This morning when I saw the statistics of the game last night we had 31 per cent possession. I saw that Uruguay against Spain had only 28 per cent possession," Etaeta said.

"I think it is a good performance for us. But Spain on Thursday will have 98 per cent possession."


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