Spain do not fear Italy’s desire for revenge, Andres Iniesta insists ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final.
The two sides will meet on Thursday, a year after the Spaniards thrashed the Azzurri 4-0 in the Final of Euro 2012.
“Mario Balotelli wants revenge? We have never been afraid of an opponent and less so now,” said the Barcelona man.
“He trusts in his team and we in ours,” the midfielder added. “It will be a nice semi-final and we will see what happens.
“You have to give value to being in the semi-finals and to be in the final there is that further step to take.”
Italy, however, will be without star striker Balotelli because of injury.
Brazil and Uruguay will meet in the other last four tie.