Spain are not anxious at all, insists Del Bosque

La Roja's boss remains confident after the two lacklustre performances in their qualification campaign, and calls for calm ahead of another tie against Didier Deschamp's men
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says his men "are not anxious at all" heading into their World Cup Group I qualification match against France on Tuesday.

Following 1-1 draws against Didier Deschamps' men and Finland, doubts have emerged on whether or not the reigning world and European champions still have what it takes to retain their top position in football.

But the Spaniard is adamant that the dropped points and surprising results have had no effect on the team's composure.

"We are not anxious at all," the 62-year-old told reporters on a press conference on Monday.

"It is logical to reflect after what has happened in our last two games. Despite dominating completely we couldn't score more than once, so it is understandable that people will have doubts.

"But we must not get nervous, we must stay calm, open up the pitch and use the width. We do need to find solutions but this will be a much more open game."

Focusing on Tuesday night's opponent, he added: "France have players with pace and the ambition to play football.

"There are talented players such as [Karim] Benzema, [Franck] Ribery, [Yohan] Cabaye, [Mathieu] Valbuena.

"When the draw was made we knew France would be very difficult opponents for us. They have quality, experience and know how to play games like these."

Currently sitting second, Spain will have the chance to claim les Bleus' first place in Group I when they face them at Stade de France on March 26.