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Santi Cazorla: I identify myself with the 'tiki-taka' style


Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla believes the Spanish national team should continue with their football philosophy despite a premature exit from the World Cup Finals.

Often associated with Barcelona and the Spanish national team, 'tiki-taka' football helped both teams to win important trophies over the last decade and Cazorla thinks this should not be changed.

"In my opinion 'tiki-taka' is crucial for football," the midfielder told Arsenal's official website.

"I identify myself with the style because it was playing this way how Spain achieved success.

"Everyone says this was the best football played by a national side for ages. And if you lose, that doesn't mean the style is dead.

"It's not that everything looks beautiful when you win or ugly when you lose.

"Spain have their philosophy, they will stick to it and I'm sure we'll succeed again very soon."

In Brazil, reigning champions Spain crashed out of the competition after suffering defeats against the Netherlands and Chile but Cazorla could still see the positive side of his experience.

"Being in a World Cup for the first time was a unique experience," the 29-year-old said.

"I was lucky enough to play in a World Cup and that's something I will tell my children in the future.

"It's true that it wasn't the best one for us.

"Spain wanted to win, to perform well, but nowadays any rival can beat you. For some reason we were outscored by Netherlands and Chile and that's why were eliminated.

"The experience will be mine forever. It was unique for me to live that experience and I hope to play for Spain for many years."

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