He assured everyone in his speech that the squad is made up of professional athletes, explaining that: “The worst thing you can do is play a match without a competitive spirit.”
On the topic of David Silva who recently spoke out about being ignored by the Spanish Coach because he chose to play for Manchester City rather than La Liga’s top two teams, Real Madrid or Barcelona, Del Bosque chose to downplay the situation.
In an article by Mundo Deportivo, Del Bosque is quoted as saying: “I have not had the chance to talk to him but did not think it was necessary as this isn’t a serious problem. It is only his opinion on a matter than he feels is unfair but I don’t think he has gone against me or his teammates.”
In that same article, Del Bosque went on to express his joy at welcoming back Barca defender Carles Puyol. Having him and Gerard Pique back will be important for the squad as the Coach explains they understand each other perfectly.
On a final note, Del Bosque hailed Spain’s next opponents, the Czech Republic. “I hold the Czech Republic in high regard. They made us suffer a lot in Granada and against Scotland they played a good game. From the midfield up, they possess very fast players with good technique.”