Spain national team coach Vicente Del Bosque told a post-match press conference that his side deserved to go out of the World Cup at the group stage because they were “not as good as the teams [they] played”. Del Bosque was very honest in his criticism of the Spanish side but said that they showed character in their fight back against Chile today. To Del Bosque and Spain’s credit, they did show a great deal of fight in the second half against Chile and threatened several times but just could not find the breakthrough.
Some fans and pundits believed that the Spanish players had simply lost their hunger for glory at the World Cup stage after winning three successive major tournaments. Others believed that the side’s Real Madrid players were still tired from their Champions League exploits and were hoping for an early holiday. Whatever the case may be, there will surely be an inquest by the Spanish media and fans to find the reason behind the collapse of Del Bosque’s side.
Vicente Del Bosque on Spain’s defeats and the future of the squad:
“We deserved to go out. But the team showed character today, kept going and were a bit unlucky with the goals. We all tried, but we were not as good as both teams we played. We played two games and were not able to be better than Netherlands or Chile, so we are out of the World Cup. It hurts, but in today’s game we were a bit timid. We had a bit more play in second half, but not enough to even up the score.
We thought we had a very good chance, good players. But the reality was different. The second half against Netherlands and the first half today was low in every way. Chile made it very uncomfortable for us in first half. They sat back a bit more in the second. That was why game was different. Chile were as we expected — their attitude and the tremendous physicality they have.
This not the moment to weigh up retirements — bit-by-bit decisions can be made. When something negative happens in the World Cup there are consequences. But there is lot of time to think about what’s best for Spanish football. These players have given a lot.
During the 25 days we’ve been together, how they have worked, their spirit, I would not have believed this would happen.In these days we have had since the Netherlands game, we have had many positive messages from fans. Today is a sad day for those who have enjoyed all the successes of this team. And for us who have suffered it personally.”
What has become clear about the Spanish side is that there needs to be an injection of fresh blood in to the side. Players like Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Gerard Pique, and Iker Casillas all looked off the pace and were mistake prone in the two matches. The third match against Australia will be a chance to break in some of the newer players but Del Bosque may be looking to end the World Cup on a high note. However if recent history is any proof then the youngsters may be Spain’s best hope at leaving Brazil with some dignity.
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