Cesc justified starting place

Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque felt Cesc Fabregas warranted a starting spot after netting in the 1-1 Euro 2012 draw with Italy.

Del Bosque surprised many by starting no strikers and utilising the Barcelona midfielder in a ‘false 9’ role to lead the front-line.

Fernando Torres was brought on for the closing stages of the encounter, after Antonio Di Natale had put the Italians 1-0 up moments after taking to the field.

And despite possessing the likes of Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente, Del Bosque feels his decision to start Fabregas was justified by his strike in the stalemate.

“We wanted to have superiority in the midfield so that we could have possession and arrive higher up the pitch. David Silva, Cesc [Fabregas] and Andres Iniesta arrived very well from the second line of attacking and I think they did very well in a lot of moments,” Del Bosque said.

“The plan didn’t go badly – Cesc did very well in this position. When Fernando Torres came on, the match was much more open. We had more chances to score, but so did they and we can’t forget that.”

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