World Cup 2010: Xabi Alonso insists Spain won't compromise style for results

Players have full confidence in coach Vicente del Bosque…
Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso says his side will not compromise their expansive, passing style in order to achieve results at the World Cup in South Africa.

"Spain has a well-defined style of play and it has proven successful,” the Real Madrid man told the club's official website.

“We played well the other day but couldn't finish,” he added, referring to his country’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland.

“We aren't going to change our method of playing due to one bad game. Losing is a part of this sport. We have played in the same manner many times and it has worked out well."

The former Liverpool midfielder went on to defend Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, insisting the whole squad have full confidence in him.

"We need to assess what happened and analyse the game before and after, and only then will the coach make decisions," Alonso stated.

"No matter what that decision may be, the team stands by him 100 per cent. We have vowed to do something big.

"The coach will do his homework and have a look at the match against Switzerland and the upcoming one against Honduras. No matter what happens, there are 23 of us and we are ready."

Regardless of Alonso's words, perhaps Spain should consider a change of tactic to ensure they still emerge top of Group H. After all, Castrol Football's extensive assessment of everything World Cup-related reveals La Furia Roja are likely to play fearsome Brazil in the first knockout round if they finish second in their group. If they finish first, they are likely to 'only' meet Portugal.

Who has the best chance of winning the World Cup? Check out Castrol Football's 2010 FIFA World Cup Winner Predictor.

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