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Spain hones its tiki-taka system ahead of World Cup opener against defensive-minded Dutch

  • Spain's Cesc Fabregas, left center, and Jordi Alba, right center, run with their teammates during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain's Cesc Fabregas, left center, and Jordi Alba, right center, run with their teammates during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS SPELLING OF COSTA - Spain's Diego Costa throws the ball during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    CORRECTS SPELLING OF COSTA - Spain's Diego Costa throws the ball during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Gerard Pique, center, jumps over a mini soccer goal during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain's Gerard Pique, center, jumps over a mini soccer goal during a training session at the Atletico Paranaense training center in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Spain will play in group B of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

With the Netherlands determined to use a defensive setup to beat Spain, the World Cup champions are honing their famed "tiki-taka" system in reply.

Coach Vicente del Bosque put his players through an intense opening training session on Monday, pushing his players to refine the quick-touch, possession-based style that has propelled it to the top of world football.

Spain's commitment to its tactics has left the Netherlands preparing a new formation with five defenders for their Group B opener on Friday.

The rematch of the brutish 2010 World Cup final, won by Spain 1-0, looks like it could pick up in Salvador right where it left off in Johannesburg.

Spain's lone question mark? Whether striker Diego Costa will lead the attack.