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Reina: Spain not dead and buried yet at World Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 10:12 am •  Published: June 16, 2014
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CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Goalkeeper Pepe Reina is fed up with all the talk surrounding Spain's shock defeat to the Netherlands.

Is this team's golden run over, is it the end of a cycle for the World Cup champions?

"I'm tired of this question, tired of it man," Reina said with certain exasperation during an interview with The Associated Press from Spain's training base.

Did the team thoroughly review the 5-1 loss to the Dutch in preparation of Wednesday's must-win Group B match against Chile?

"We only talked about it, we didn't watch it again. We're not masochists," Reina said.

Despite all the continued questions hanging over Spain, Reina concedes the inquisition being waged is justified after the team's disappointing performance in Salvador.

"It is logical that when things go wrong people think that way. But we will try to reverse that notion so there won't be an end of an era. And to make people feel more optimistic," Reina told the AP. "I don't think this team is dead. This team is not finished."

Those are the kind of words from players that Spanish supporters need to hear after the team's capitulation against the Netherlands produced its worst competitive defeat in 64 years.

Spain now has the chance to bounce back at the Maracana, where it lost 6-1 to Brazil at the 1950 World Cup.

Inside the locker room, Spain is grappling with its toughest crisis since it began an unprecedented run in the summer of 2008 with consecutive European Championships around its first World Cup.

The performances of regulars like Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, and Xavi Hernandez are all being questioned.

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