In a lengthy interview with Veo 7 programme ‘Veo Futbol’, the Salmantino coach also spoke about all the injury and fitness issues currently plaguing the Seleccion, especially to versatile midfielder Andres Iniesta, following the latest round of matches in the Primera Division.
“It was a bad day for us yesterday, but it is not necessary to dramatise the situation,” assured Del Bosque. “If he [Iniesta] does not play, there will be other games for him in the future.
“I hope that we will not notice his absence too much, but it’s true that in order to overcome a tough and dangerous Turkish side, we would need him.”
Del Bosque then went on to analyse
“Their football is in progression and constantly climbing, but they have tremendous players who will fight to defend the shirt. They have a tough, competitive character and they are people who like to defy the odds,” he cautioned.
“They are 11th in the FIFA world ranking and they were semi-finalists in the World Cup in Japan/Korea and they were they were in the top four again at Euro ‘08.
“A good outcome for us would be to earn four points against them as that would give us another decisive step towards the World Cup.”
“Some of the reaction I got after announcing the squad really took me by surprise because of all the commotion,” he admitted.
“Some said I was brave but others said I was a coward. But I believe I am neither one nor the other. My obligation is to take decisions that are for the good of our squad.
“Guiza was selected for his football values because he is someone who complements better players like Fernando Torres or Fernando Llorente.”
Finally, Del Bosque spoke about
“Spanish football is going through a good phase at the moment, both at international and club level. It may be the fashionable thing to say, but to call us the favourites for the World Cup gives me the chills,” he said.
“I see teams like
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KS Leong, Goal.com