Del Bosque: Too much Iker talk

Vicente Del Bosque wants less focus on the form of Spain captain Iker Casillas after the goalkeeper’s error against Slovakia.

Casillas failed to stop a free-kick as La Roja lost 2-1, with the Coach telling Radio Marca that it’s not right to speak so much about one player.

“It’s the custom to focus on one part of the match,” Del Bosque said, according to AS.

“What’s going on with Iker isn’t beyond repair or solution. There’s too much focus on it. I don’t think he’s lost his form. He made a great save after 15 minutes.

“He’s a fantastic player and all Spain fans should be proud of him.”

Del Bosque also confirmed the XI to play Luxembourg on Sunday wouldn’t see massive changes to the side that started against Slovakia and discussed the substitutions made in Thursday’s defeat.

“After 80 minutes we were 1-0 down but playing the game in their half,” he explained.

“Santi Cazorla was on to give the midfield some consistency. When we got level we went for the second goal but they scored from a great counter, a player who was smaller than he is.

“We’re not in good spirits after a defeat. We’re ready to play Sunday’s game.

“Personally I’m fine, even if I’m not very expressive. I know we can’t always win and this is a long journey.

“There was no difference with other games we’ve played, for example against Macedonia. We played a team that was very deep and we had full control of the game.

“They had three or four chances and scored twice. We had a lot of chances but they didn’t result in a goal. It’s difficult to explain.

“We’re not getting any luck. We had a lot of control and couldn’t have more. We lacked the touch in front of goal that we’ve had at other times.”

On the subject of goals, Del Bosque backed Diego Costa to find his scoring form for Spain, having drawn a blank for the sixth time.

“He’s not having the luck with us. He’s the top scorer in the Premier League and last year scored a lot of goals for Atletico Madrid,” he noted.

“He’s so eager to please and to do well that it hurts.”

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