Spain’s Vicente del Bosque has no regrets over passing up the opportunity to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012 ahead of Sunday’s final.
Had Spain settled for a 2-2 draw in their group game with Croatia then it would have seen both sides go through and subsequently see Italy fail to qualify.
The thought never entered Del Bosque’s head, who suggested that such a tactic would have been damaging for the sport:
“Never have we regretted not drawing with Croatia to eliminate Italy. This wasn’t good for sport.
“Italy and ourselves have lived parallel lives and now we have to be at the level that a final demands.
“They are a team with a lot of experience and are based around Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi in the centre of the field. Their axis is the connection between Pirlo and Mario Balotelli. In the game in the group stages they were possibly superior in the first half. They were the team that gave us most problems.” (Guardian)