Del Bosque pledges attack in Slovakia

Vicente del Bosque says his Spain team will have more of an attacking presence in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia on Thursday.

The national team boss will have Chelsea’s Diego Costa up front and is expecting the former Atletico Madrid man to benefit from a slight change to the system he will employ.

“We’d like to see Diego do with the national side what he is doing with Chelsea. But we are not worried about him as he is a regular goalscorer in his team and in his League, although we’d also like to see him score goals for Spain.

“We’ll have a slightly new system in place from the one we had against Macedonia so we should have more of an offensive presence,” explained Del Bosque at a Press conference.

The 63-year-old admits Slovakia are going to be difficult opponents on home turf.

“Slovakia are certainly our toughest opponents in the group stages. They are a very organised team and are dangerous going forward, so we’ll need to be careful

“They play well on the counter-attack and with speed, whilst they have important players like [Marek] Hamsik and two very fast wingers.”

La Roja will be playing on a small pitch in Zilina but Del Bosque acknowledged it will be the same for both sides.

“We shouldn’t complain about it as it’ll be the same for them, so won’t be making any excuses.

“We have to go out there with enthusiasm and look for the three points.”

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