Spain can have no excuses, admits Del Bosque

Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has admitted that his side have been outplayed in both their World Cup matches and that his side cannot have any excuses, after they crashed out of the competition on Thursday, reports the Guardian.

A 2-0 defeat to Chile ensured that the Spaniards became the third defending champions to exit at the group stage in the last four World Cups, and ends six years of dominating world football in which they won three successive major tournaments. As for Chile, they go through with a game to spare along with the Netherlands.

Eduardo Vargas put Chile ahead when he showed neat footwork to find the net following a good passing move down the right. The win was sealed two minutes before half time when Charles Aranguiz capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Iker Casillas to fire home. Spain struggled to muster a reply, although Sergio Busquets missed a great chance to pull one back.

After the game, Del Bosque admitted he was shocked at seeing his side knocked out at the group stage, but insisted that Spain should take some time to think about its footballing future. He said: “If I think about the 25 days that we have spent together, the work we did, the way the squad got on and the commitment the players showed, I would never have believed that we could go out in the first phase.

“In the first half we started too slowly, we were too timid and that was very out of keeping with the atmosphere there has been in the team. We seemed to just get the ball. We didn’t have much luck in the chances but we cannot look for any excuses. Holland and Chile were better than us.

“There’s a long time to think about it, to reflect and to take decisions. We have to do so calmly and the federation is strong and solid, so the right decision will be made. And that applies to me too.”

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