Vincent Del Bosque has refuted suggestions that his Spanish team is boring to watch and doesn’t intend to apologise for their current brand of football.
Spain have been heavily criticised by pundits and the press for their style of play and the lack of chances they create, considering the amount of possession they have and the quality of players at their disposal.
Del Bosque believes that Spain is simply showing the way football is evolving and will certainly not change his footballing principles based on any criticisms:
“We cannot stay in the past century.”
“Football is evolving and our players have changed but the nucleus is the same but you cannot say we haven’t tried to change anything and have stayed on the same line.”
Del Bosque’s opposite number in tonight’s final, Cesare Prandelli, has also defended the Spanish team’s style and also claiming that they are currently the best team in the world:
“Spain are the best side in the world.”
“They’ve shown that in the last few years by playing their own way and staying true to their footballing philosophy. We’ve always said they are the side to beat. It’s not a case of them being boring. It’s a fear of seeing the same side always winning and Spain always seems to come out on top.” (Daily Mail)