Spanish resolve to fore as Del Bosque set to shuffle side

Some changes likely but manager gives no clue as to candidates

Vincente Del Bosque: Those that didn’t play against Holland are top players with big clubs. Photograph: Juanjo Martin/EPA

Vincente Del Bosque: Those that didn’t play against Holland are top players with big clubs. Photograph: Juanjo Martin/EPA


Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 5-1 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will react in the right way against Chile on Wednesday.

“Just as we have been showered with praise when we have done well, when we have performed badly it is normal that we are criticised,” said Del Bosque.

“I have read what has been written about us and in most cases it has been reasonable.”

Spanish newspapers described Friday’s Group B heavy defeat to the Dutch as a “complete cataclysm”, “humiliation” and “nightmare”.

Rallying point “We are deeply wounded. We have a chance to continue [in the competition] and we want to take the responsibility and push on. The desire to rebel against a tough result should be an inspiration,” said the Spain coach.

Del Bosque repeated that he would probably make several changes to the team, however he gave no clue to what they might be.

“I have assessed the situation and there will probably be some changes, not many but something. You have to remember that those that didn’t play the other day are also top players with big clubs,” he said.

Del Bosque said nerves would not get the better of his team.

Spanish resolve “If you can control it and it is not excessive nerves can be a positive. The worse thing is a don’t-care attitude, a ‘it doesn’t matter’ approach,” he said.

“These last few days have dragged on massively but we have had time to analyse everything,” added the 63-year-old coach.

Del Bosque also hinted at a change of style for his team against a Chile side who beat Australia 3-1 in their opening encounter.

“We have to bring ourselves up to their [Chile’s] level and not be intimidated, play with the same intensity and mix that with our own identity,” he added.

“We will do things that are not typical for us but that could cause them damage,” he said.

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