Spain cannot be nostalgic, warns Del Bosque

The 62-year-old says that, while it is nice to think about his side's World Cup 2010 triumph in South Africa, it is important to stay focused on the challenges ahead
Vicente del Bosque has urged his team to avoid dwelling on the past as Spain prepare to defend their World Cup crown in Brazil in 2014.

La Roja have returned to Johannesburg, the scene of their 2010 success, as they prepare to take on South Africa in a friendly on Tuesday but their coach is keen to avoid any hint of complacency.

"I'm not nostalgic about the past," Del Bosque told a press conference. "We can't stop to think about what has already happened. We now have to look to the future.

"Since the World Cup we have continued to grow. There is an element of continuity about our play and we want to defend the title we won here in Brazil next summer.

"I consider myself lucky to be in the most successful period of Spanish football in its history but that does not mean I'm the best coach."

For all of his desperation to focus on the future, Del Bosque is happy to be reacquainted with the passionate local support.

The 62-year-old enthused: "It's nice to be back in South Africa. The people here are very affectionate.

"Even after we lost to Switzerland [in the first game of the World Cup], the employees at the hotel were waiting up until three in the morning to greet us. That's what I remember most."

Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal in extra time of the 2010 final and the Barcelona midfielder is looking forward to retracing his footsteps from that famous night.

"To say that all stadiums are the same for players just isn't true," he told Cuatro. "It's going to be a special moment for me.

"This stadium is different for me. I can't wait to go back on the pitch and relive a unique moment. I will take photos. I'll go back to that spot where I scored. It was a privilege to be able to score that goal.

"Apart from the moment when Iker lifted the trophy, the thing I most remember is when I took my shirt off and showed the Dani Jarque message."