Vicente del Bosque has defended Spain’s well refined style of play at Euro 2012, and says he has no intention of changing the way his side approach the tournament any time soon.
Spain have struggled to hit the heights their ability suggests they are capable of, with a particularly laboured 1-0 win over Croatia earning them the right to face France in the quarter-finals on Saturday in Donetsk.
Much of their campaign thus far has been followed by questions over Del Bosque’s tactic of fielding a team without a recognised striker, while for much of their group game against Italy as well as against Croatia, Spain failed to inspire their fans hoping for a repeat of the success they tasted in 2008.
Barcelona players, who form the core of Spain's side, also got a taste of the type of tactics used to negate their tiki-taka style, with Chelsea defending deep in numbers to ensure a victory over the Catalan club in the Champions League semi-finals.
Despite the doubts surrounding their campaign Del Bosque insists they will stay true to their fast-passing style that has taken them to two international tournament victories in the past four years.
“We've played this brand of football for a long time and we're going to continue with it, because we believe in it and we have to continue with it,” he told Marca.
“Of course, our rivals know how we play, and they know how to play against it. But we know how to beat teams that try and make things difficult for us, we've got enough players in the squad to overcome any obstacles that come our way.
Del Bosque was also adamant that the criticism Spain have come in for during Euro 2012 is because of unrealistic expectations in the Spanish media, which doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of the fans.
When asked why there was doubt surrounding Spain given that they are the leading scorers at Euro 2012, Del Bosque replied: “I don't know. Perhaps it's because the journalists expect too much. “
“There are other interesting statistics, like the amount of official games we have played without losing.
“We've only lost two official matches, against the USA in the Confederations Cup and against Switzerland in the World Cup. That's quite a feat, playing at a level as high as this. But everyone wants us to play stupendous football.
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