Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque said his team had brought the Spanish people a little joy after winning Euro 2012 by beating Italy 4-0.
With the country currently suffering an economic crisis and with unemployment rife, Del Bosque believes Spain’s victory has at least given the population something to celebrate.
“We understand the delight of the people, who can rejoice for a short while in the happiness we have brought them,” he told a Press conference.
“I’ve not spent much time in the dressing room as it’s so euphoric, with those who haven’t played much behaving impeccably, although it has been hard for them.”
Questioned by Tele 5 on whether his tactic of going into the game without a recognised striker had been proved right, Del Bosque was non-committal.
“We simply did what we thought was best,” he explained. “Playing another way we probably would have won, but we are talking about the initial picture.
“We were facing a great opponent who had been getting better all the time.”
He also spoke of new Barcelona signing Jordi Alba, who he had predicted before the tournament would be the best left-back on show.
“He was very impressive, awesome, both defensively and technically.”