Spain will bounce back according to Jose Mourinho

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Former Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, believes defending World Cup Champions, Spain, will bounce back from their stunning 5-1 loss to the Netherlands in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. 

Mourinho told the Marca that he believes Spain have enough quality and experience to put the loss behind them and record victories over Chile and Australia in their final two matches of the group stages.

Mourinho stressed that the squad has to believe in their own ability to turn things around, and considering the quality within the squad, he expects Vicente del Bosque's team can achieve this.

The Chelsea manager mentioned it was a: "very bad day at the office, a match to forget," for: "La Roja."

He believes: " that their pride has been wounded," and that all the squad will be: "hurting," after the Netherlands drubbing.

Manchester United striker, Robin Van Persie and Bayern Munich's flyer, Arjen Robben, both helped themselves to a brace of goals in a performances that stated clearly that the Dutch are looking to go one better this year in Brazil.

Mourinho pointed out: "The best way to wipe the slate clean is to play again and win, to rebuild your self-esteem and confidence to face up to the future. This competition isn't about how you start, it's about how you finish."

"Spain got off to the worst possible start and now they are on the brink, they can't afford to falter again"

Mourinho was at the centre of controversy during his time at Real Madrid, most notably for favouring Diego Lopez in goal ahead of Casillas, a Real Madrid icon.

Casillas had a shocking game for the defending champions and surprisingly enough the Chelsea manager refrained from any: "I told you so," comments.

Diego Maradona did however come out in support of Mourinho's decision by saying: "I'd like to recall the words of my friend Mourinho who said that Casillas was no longer his first-choice keeper and it cost him dearly. He had to leave Real Madrid. Tonight's events showed that Mourinho was right."

Instead Mourinho chose to focus on the group collectively by saying that they are an: "incredible squad," with: "more than enough quality to bounce back."

Mourinho also pointed out the depth in the squad and a host of: "top-class players who didn't even get off the bench" for their opening clash with the Dutch.

He went on to throw his weight behind the squad by saying, Spain has: "everything it takes to win their next two games".

In 2010, Spain were also stunned in their opening clash of the World Cup in South Africa, going down 1-0 to Switzerland, however a 2-0 win over Honduras and a tight 2-1 victory over Chile, eventually saw them progress through to the last 16 and go on to lift the title.

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