Del Bosque: Casillas our starter

Vicente del Bosque had indicated that Spain will revert to Iker Casillas in goal, as he also reflects on La Roja’s changed tactics this year.

So far through the group stages of the Confederations Cup, Del Bosque has played the squad’s three goalkeepers – Casillas, Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes – once each.

However, in looking ahead to the semi-final against Italy, the 62-year-old has reflected on the situation and who he is likely to turn to.

“Did I plan to play all three? Yes, but only if we had beaten Uruguay. Only for the group stage.

“They are three great goalkeepers, but the one with the most starts is Casillas. If you are looking for the starter – Casillas has the most.

“These are three great ‘keepers, any of them can play.

“I’ve not spoken with none of them [about starting against Italy]. I speak every day with the players, it would be nice not to talk with them!

“And it is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength for the Coach, to have conversations with his players.

“And it is not to accept any recommendations, but to listen.”

Spain have played this summer’s tournament in Xabi Alonso’s absence with a single pivot in midfield and a No 9 in attack, in contrast to last summer’s double pivot midfield and strikerless formation at Euro 2012

This latter tactic was notably used in the group stage encounter with this Thursday’s opponents Italy.

“We have not changed much, we have changed names and you have to adapt to them.

“The style of play is a photo and then you develop it to the players. And we have adapted to the lack of Xabi Alonso.

“Against Italy last year, we saw that their game relied on Pirlo’s role, he generated their football and was based far back, next to the defenders and we were interested in Cesc playing in front of him.

“Now it may not be the case because Pirlo may not play.”

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