Del Bosque: Spain is not the World Cup favorite

The manager believes his players can retain the World Cup this summer but does not want the team to be burdened by expectation.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has played down his side’s chances of retaining the World Cup.

The world and European champion comes into the tournament as one of the favorites to win it, alongside hosts Brazil.

But Del Bosque does not want his players to be burdened with the favorite label, although he has no doubts that Spain can do well in the competition.

"It will be on the field where things will make themselves known. We believe we've worked hard to get things right but football is what, in the end, shows whether things have been done right or not,” Del Bosque told Marca. “Everything that has happened to us in the last four years is down to the fact that we won [the 2010 World Cup].

"From the idea of being favorites, it is best to turn away, and it is my experience in football that tells me this. A World Cup final is far too big of an event to start sticking these kinds of labels on to. Obviously, Brazil are playing at home and are a great team; all the same, the pressure they are going to be under is huge, a lot more than in the Confederations Cup.”

Spain’s distinct "tiki-taka" style of play has helped it achieve huge success on the international stage over the past six years.

However, while Del Bosque says his side's possession-based soccer has been key, he wants his players to be more aggressive in Brazil.

"Football can be played well in many different ways. We do not possess a magic formula; we have an idea based on the players we have available,” Del Bosque said. “This doesn't mean that there aren't other teams who are just as good and who could get excellent results. Possession without depth has no meaning. And that's why we are working hard on being a side which is aggressive in fighting back, compact and capable of putting the pressure on.”