Spain boss Vicente del Bosque believes his team can win the World Cup in Brazil next year, but must show some humility to do so.
The 62-year-old was responding to questions posed on Google’s Hangout platform, in particular to the threat posed by the host nation in the 2014 version of the tournament.
“Brazil has always been a very skilful national team. Now there is more balance on the physical, technical and tactical side of things, but none of the teams at this World Cup will find things comfortable.
“Spain has good players to defend the title we won in 2010, but we must not lack humility. We were beaten in the first game in South Africa and that was a great disappointment.
“However, the reaction of the players was superb and we were lucky in that their magnanimity, at a national level, was tremendous,” said Del Bosque, who also commented on the younger players emerging in Spanish football.
“The economic crisis has forced clubs to work with their youth academies more. We have good young players coming through and we must try to get the best out of them.”