Del Bosque wary of Brazil threat

Vicente Del Bosque has insisted that Brazil are 'more than just Neymar', as Spain prepare to face the Selecao in the Confederations Cup final.

La Roja play the host nation in Rio this evening, and the Coach has claimed that Luis Felipe Scolari's men will be a tough opponent.

“Brazil is much more than just player like him,” he told a Press conference.

“They are a brilliant team who have two of the best full-backs in the world – [Dani] Alves and Marcelo.

“Their two centre-backs are amongst the world’s best and they have other players like Paulinho and Oscar who are capable of resolving a game if their strikers, Fred and Hulk already haven’t done so.

“We will be to be extra careful with their aerial play, that’s an area in which we must be particularly vigilant.

“They are the fathers of modern football. For those of my generation, they are the reference point. They have dominated the international game and they have always shown that out on the pitch.”

The 62-year-old then commented on the semi-final win over Italy, and the tournament as a whole.

“We didn’t know how to deal with Italy. They gave us a lot of problems. They cut off our possession of the ball. But we improved as the game wore on, we overcame the situation and were able to take the tie forward.

“To be honest, I think this edition of the tournament has lived up to everyone’s expectations. The way it has turned out, the competition has produced an encounter which everyone had hoped to see.

“It’s been a tournament which has been rich in substance. I don’t want to judge whether it is a competition which is more prestigious here than it is in Europe but we have seen several interesting games and a progression in terms of the football played.

“Aside from the anecdote of Tahiti’s involvement, there have been some matches played at World Cup level such as Italy’s meeting with Japan and our semi-final against Italy.”

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