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Winning feeling motivates Spain, Xavi

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Spain heads to the World Cup in a similar state of mind to the one it had when it won the 2008 European Championship.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Spain heads to the World Cup in a similar state of mind to the one it had when it won the 2008 European Championship.

Xavi says that although there are new players involved and a new coach in charge, the "good feeling" in the squad is the same as it was two years ago.

The extra experience in top-level competitions should help Spain in the World Cup, Xavi said Monday at the squad's Austrian training camp.

Spain beat Saudi Arabia 3-2 in a World Cup warm-up on Saturday and plays South Korea in Innsbruck on Thursday in its next friendly. It takes on Switzerland, Honduras and Chile in Group H at the World Cup.