Del Bosque defends Torres and Busquets, encourages Alba


Vicente Del Bosque has defended his decision to continue to select Fernando Torres, but has warned that there will be no allowances made when it comes to picking the European Championship squad.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Del Bosque defended the decision to pick Torres and play him ahead of David Villa on Friday night.

“A player cannot be continuously judged, but [looked at] from a broader perspective. Certainly we must be fair because there is a lot of competition. Torres has a history and a present, we’ve brought him in because he is doing well with his club.

“Looking towards the Euros though, we will see. There will be no special dispensation for anyone.”

Del Bosque also confirmed that there will be changes made ahead of the team’s final Group I qualifying match with Scotland, with Victor Valdes and Jordi Alba in line for appearances, Alba for his debut at left-back.

“If anyone can give an example of behaviour, it is the three goalkeepers we have. If Valdes is here it is because we count on him, just like [Pepe] Reina. He has the conditions of a modern goalkeeper.”

“The other day [Alba] was not deployed because we foresaw a more complicated game defensively. Tomorrow, we hope to have him.

“He is a kid who can play football and is not the first case of a converted footballer. [Unai] Emery has convinced him that he can be useful on the flank and he fits into the characteristics of our team.

“He has done well and that is why he is with us. The most important thing is that Alba performs the same functions that he does for his club and feels comfortable in the group.”

Del Bosque also took time to cool down talk of bad blood in the camp after Barcelona’s Sergio Busqeuts injured Real Madrid’s Raul Albiol in training. The centre-back has been forced to pull out with a broken cheekbone after colliding with Busquets during a training ground ‘rondo’ exercise – one player in the middle chases down the ball as a group of others pass it between them in a closed space.

“It is unfortunate that he is injured and no longer with us. It was a nasty matter. I did not see the incident because I was with another group, but the injury was quite accidental.

“It was not premeditated and there is no suspicion on our part to hide who injured Albiol. The main thing was to report who had been injured. By a companion, not by an opponent.”

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