Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Villa Won't Push Panic Button; South Africa Today

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Villa Won't Push Panic Button; South Africa Today

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ONE TO WATCH (ITV1) SPAIN v HONDURAS Johannesburg, 7.30pm DAVID VILLA is adamant Spain will play with no fear against Honduras tonight despite being under pressure following their shock defeat by Switzerland in their opening game, writes Simon Johnson.

Spain are one of the strong favourites to win the World Cup but will be in danger of going out at the first stage if they don't win in Ellis Park.

Villa and his team-mates struggled to break down a resilient Switzerland defence five days ago and lost 1-0 but the striker insists Spain will not need to change their style of play to get their challenge back on track.

He said: "We lost [against Switzerland] but that's no reason for us to go into the next game scared of defeat.

"We don't have any margin for error now and we can't afford any more slipups.

We've got to try to win our next two games.

"But this isn't the time to start questioning the way we play. We need to stick together right now and find a way to win the two games we've got left. …

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