Silva: Spain must learn to lose

The Manchester City midfielder is not looking for excuses after his side's disappointing World Cup campaign and has refused to point his finger at one person in particular
By Pilar Suarez in Curitiba

Manchester City star David Silva has stressed that Spain will have to get used to the fact that their opponents are occasionally better after their World Cup defeats to Netherlands and Chile.

Vicente del Bosque's men had been nearly untouchable in recent years as they cruised to back-to-back European titles, as well as winning the 2010 World Cup, yet they were brought back to earth at the showpiece in Brazil.

"I think we have all made mistakes. There's not one guilty person here. Our rivals were better than us. We should not look for excuses. We have to learn how to lose as well," Silva said at a press conference.

"All domestic leagues have been following the same schedule. There's no winter break in England, while in Spain you a break for a week or so. That's not an excuse.

"It will be very hard for the team to travel back home with empty hands after all the success from the past few years."

The 28-year-old then went on to discuss the future of his national side as a number of players are expected to retire from international duty, yet Silva has insisted he is determined to keep on representing his country.

"Some of the players are growing older and other young players are coming to the fore. That's the way it goes. I'm sure that the players who will come in to the team have plenty to add.

"My future with Spain? I want to keep on playing for the national team. My plan is to continue, but it's up to the coach to make a decision."

Spain lock horns with Australia in their final Group B game before travelling home again.