Del Bosque: Preparation, location key

Vicente del Bosque says how Spain prepare and where they are based for the World Cup are as important as who they are drawn against.

The competition holders are today preparing for the group stage draw for Brazil 2014, but with their Coach pointing to other factors beyond possible opponents as influential come next summer.

“We hope to prepare well for the World Cup,” Del Bosque has told reporters this week ahead of the draw in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia.

“This is more important than the opponents we can be drawn against, because they are all difficult. In qualifying, over 200 countries compete and only 32 make it to the final phase.

“The heat and humidity will also be factors that will have an influence, so it is just as important where we are based as it is who we might play.

“If there are to be two timeouts in games for water then it is just a detail.”

Del Bosque was asked specifically about Chile, who they could draw tonight and who have caused them problems before, including at the last edition of this tournament.

“They are one of the toughest opponents that we can meet. Certainly, today, they are one of the best teams in South America.

“The case with the World Cup is that it is success for one country and it seems like failure for the other 31.”

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