Del Bosque warns against complacency

Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque has warned his players against complacency ahead of their quarter-final showdown with France.

The reigning European champions progressed from Group C as group winners and were paired with France after the 1998 world champions suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Sweden in their final group game, a result which saw them finish as runners-up to England in Group D.

“We know the equality there is in the competition. Any team is difficult but France are playing well and have a good team”, Del Bosque told Radio Marca.

“They have made changes that have got results. They have got the formula right and Karim Benzema, Hatem Ben Arfa, Samir Nasri, Florent Malouda and Franck Ribery are all very good players”.

He continued, “What I don’t want is this Spanish custom that we don’t have to be careful of the opponent. It is a huge match, a match that appeals to everyone.

“We have time to think about the team we will pick on Saturday and we will adopt the line-up we believe will be the best.”

Highly praised for their 4-0 drubbing of the Republic of Ireland, Spain were less convincing in their final group game against Croatia, just edging past Slaven Bilic’s side thanks to a late goal from substitute Jesus Navas.

Yet, Del Bosque was very defensive of his side’s display against the Croatians claiming they dominated more, though, he did concede that in attack they did lack penetration.

“We had 70% of possession, we shot on goal 16 or 17 times and they had only seven or eight attempts,” he said. “We dominated more than Croatia and we didn’t play badly. We weren’t as bad as it appeared to me at the time.

“It was an awkward game for us. We had a lot of compliments rained down on us the week before and there was a stream of comments that we were superior to the rest.

“The conservatism that sometimes doesn’t lead to great football could have cost us and possibly we didn’t have a lot of penetration but in defence we were pretty good.”

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