Coach Vicente del Bosque has ended speculation about Spain field four defenders and six midfielders against Italy at the Euro 2012 final tonight. Instead, Vicente del Bosque plans to three strikers in his first team.
Vicente del Bosque informed about his tactics for the game during a pre-game press conference today. The Spanish tactician reckons using three forwards against Italy will be the key to acquiring Spain’s third major international victory in the past six years. If Spain manages to win the Euro 2012 final it would become the first nation to win three major international trophies consecutively.
In the press conference, Vicente del Bosque admitted that Spain’s attack had performed abysmally at Euro 2012. Nonetheless, Vicente del Bosque has vowed to change that image in the Euro 2012 final.
Portugal managed to keep Spain at bay for 120 minutes before losing out on penalties in the semifinal stage of Euro 2012. Vicente del Bosque told reporters that Spain’s forwards lacked form and concentration. Vicente del Bosque further explained that Spain’s strikers had failed to score goals at the tournament.
“We will play with three strikers, but the entire team have to help them,” Vicente del Bosque said. “These three players will have the obligation to attack and to try to score a goal. We have more obligation to attack than to defend.”
Although it seems as if Vicente del Bosque has opted for a strategy to break through Italy’s impregnable defense, the Spanish suggested he had no intentions of doing so. Vicente del Bosque told reporters that he wants Italy to play their game and Spain will play theirs.
“Italy have been on the rise and they deserve to be in the final,” Vicente del Bosque said. “We cannot say that Italy played defensive soccer against us in the group game because they did not. They have made progress in recent years.”
The 61-year-old coach, Vicente del Bosque reckons Spain and Italy will have equal chance of winning the Euro 2012 trophy on Sunday night at Kiev.
“I think we can't look at the past. Italy have won the World Cup four times, and we are talking about the present, which is the only reference,” Vicente del Bosque said. “We were in the same group, we have both won matches on penalties and our playing style has been similar. That is why I do not think there will be a big difference.”