Spain midfielder Javi Martinez not underestimating Belarus

Javi Martinez
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Spain midfielder Javi Martinez is not underestimating Belarus and says that winning against them in Minsk on Friday will be tough.

Spain midfielder Javi Martinez has warned his teammates that winning against Belarus on Friday will not be easy.

The European and world champions are in Minsk for their second 2014 World Cup qualifier where Martinez's Bayern Munich suffered a 3-1 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Champions League last week.

"Because they have so many BATE players in the squad probably they will play in a similar way," said the 24-year-old.

"BATE are a team that look to play on the counter attack, they are physically very strong and they don't give you many scoring chances.

"We have a few days now before the match to study how they play and for sure the coach [Vicente del Bosque] will put us properly in the picture."

Spain won their first Group I game 1-0 against Georgia last month.

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