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The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said Spain is well on the way to winning the World Cup after its 5:1 routing by Holland in Brazil.

Mr Clegg told reporters it was “never easy” seeing “dedicated, hard-working” opponents score against them, but he insisted the Spanish were still succeeding where they “focused on their achievements.

Based on the results which have come in so far, it has obviously been a mixed result for Spain, but other teams have had mixed results too,” Mr Clegg said.

Although the Deputy Prime Minister conceded that Spain had suffered a minor setback at the hands of a Dutch surge, he added that the Spanish team was “doing well in the areas where they have good organisation on the ground.

Mr Clegg added: “We will see what the further results today, what story they tell. But so far what I have seen is that where Spain can work really hard to tell their side of the story, they can win.

He urged Spanish players to highlight the positive things their team had brought to the 5:1 defeat, such as their ability to run around aimlessly for 90 minutes without getting a stitch and managing not to burst into tears, at least in public.


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