Del Bosque: Spain out to beat Georgia

Vicente del Bosque insists Spain will be going all-out for a win in the final World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Albacete.

La Roja need just one point to ensure qualification for next year’s tournament in Brazil, but the Spanish boss says his team will not be thinking of anything else but winning the game.

“A draw should not be the target because we have to take into account that things could go wrong,” conceded the 62-year-old in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.

“We’ve had some difficulties in the qualification phase and apart from the games against France, which were more open, all the others have been more or less the same.

“It’s been tough because almost all our opponents put men behind the ball and in the games against Finland and Belarus we tried all sorts of variations, from widening the play to long-range shots.”

Del Bosque was also asked about the three-man defence he tried on Friday night in Palma.

“It’s a question of numbers. If we play with three or four we still need to get into attacking positions so we have offensive presence, because the rest of the things we did well,” he replied.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game with Georgia, Del Bosque indicated Andres Iniesta would be in the starting line-up after being on the bench against Belarus.

“Shall we play with Iniesta and 10 others?” he joked, before refusing to be drawn on who would be selected in goal.

“I’m not going to say. The three goalkeepers, as I don’t get tired of repeating, are all in very good condition and it could be any one of them,”

He was also asked about the national team’s similar style of play to Barcelona, which has been questioned recently, although he did not give the matter much importance.

“In football there is not just one way of playing. The long pass is as nice as the short game and a pass from 40 metres is as effective.

“Football is a mix of everything and it’s not fair to say that you always play a certain way,” explained Del Bosque.

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