Del Bosque wants Spain to remain humble at the World Cup
Spain will head into their 2014 World Cup campaign hoping to become the first nation to successfully defend their title. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has urged his team to remain humble in their quest for the World Cup title after qualifying for the summer tournament with relative ease.
La Furia Roja has already been labelled as hot favorites to take home the World Cup once again. Spain proven their dominance in the football community by winning Euro 2008 and 2012 and lift the World Cup trophy in 2010.
Del Bosque insists his side should be ready to make an impact once the World Cup festivities kick off in Brazil on June 12. Del Bosque also asked his players to be wary of their adversaries, even if they were considered to be mediocre.
“We have to forget the past and not gloat over what we have won in previous years,” Del Bisque told Spanish newspaper AS. “Humbleness is not an empty word. When I ask for it, it is because it is the path to success.
“The players have won a lot, almost everything, and their vision is not the same as it was five or six years ago. That is my only fear. We come back to humbleness. You have to be humble, sportsmen, and good lads.”
Spain have been placed in Group B along with Australia, Chile and Netherlands. A tough competition is expected in the group stage, although Spain and Netherlands are expected to enter the next stage of the tournament.
Del Bosque is wary of the in-form stars at the World Cup; such as Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and France’s Franck Ribery. Del Bosque admits that such stars will threaten the qualification of even better teams in the tournament.
“We are the rival to beat and there are powerful rivals, especially the South Americans and among them Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Chile,” Del Bosque said. “Then there are the Europeans, teams like Germany, Holland or Portugal. It is not easy and you have to show respect with all our rivals.
“The small advantage Spain have is that we are a team, beyond our good individuals. But there are other teams at our level.”