Del Bosque tight lipped over striker choice

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Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has refused to be drawn on who he will pick to lead Spain’s attack for the remainder of Euro 2012.

Del Bosque opted to include Cesc Fabregas as his side’s main attacking threat in their opening Euro 2012 fixture against Italy, while Fernando Torres was given the nod to start against the Republic of Ireland last week.

Both players have two goals to their name after the group stages, and with a quarter-final against France on the horizon, Del Bosque is keeping his cards close to his chest over who he will select up front.

“There are always discussions and debates in football, that's logical. But we have a lot of options that we can experiment with,” he told Marca.

“We've got the players to play a number of systems and you choose which one works best and then you try another one.”

Del Bosque went on to explain why he chose to select Fabregas as Spain’s frontman against Italy, starting the Barcelona midfielder as a ‘false 9’in order to stifle their opponents quick breaks.

“[I did it] Because Pirlo and De Rossi dictate play very well and start Italy's attacks so we wanted to prevent them from having the ball,” he explained.

Spain claimed top spot in Group C, picking up wins against Croatia and the Republic of Ireland to go along with their draw against Italy, setting up a quarter final against France who were runners-up in Group D.

The reigning Champions have never beaten France in a competitive game, a stat that Del Bosque gives little credence to.

“Let's hope we can put an end to this era. We beat them 2-0 in the friendly in Paris.”

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