Del Bosque: Spain will go out to win final group game

La Roja only need a point to qualify for the quarterfinals but their manager insists his side will not settle for a draw against Croatia in their final Group C clash on Monday
Vicente del Bosque insists Spain will try and win its final Group C match against Croatia, despite needing only a point to qualify for the quarterfinals.

He told Marca:"I was happy because our objective was to win and we have done that.

"Moreover, we have managed to pass the margin by which Croatia beat Ireland and we did so by playing well. It is also important for the morale that this victory gives the group.

"We are sportsmen and the Croatians are as well, therefore we will go out to win.

Spain go into the game level on points with Croatia at the top of Group C, which means a point will guarantee its progress into the next round, whilst a 2-2 draw will see both sides go through at the expense of Italy.

However, Del Bosque has claimed the Spanish are only interested in another three points after a convincing 4-0 win over Ireland.

"There is no possibility of planning a draw that favors us, I haven't even done the calculations. The only thing that interests us is winning," Del Bosque stated.

The 62-year-old manager called Fernando Torres into his starting lineup ahead of Cesc Fabregas against the Irish and was delighted his decision was vindicated after the Chelsea striker scored twice.

Del Bosque says that Spain is blessed with quality of the squad it possesses, and also reiterated that Fabregas remains an integral part of his squad.

"The other day we had confidence in Cesc and he rewarded us with a goal, but Fernando [Torres] could also have played for precisely the reason of what he did against Ireland," he said.

"We are delighted to be able to have such great resources."