Del Bosque: Ancelotti “extraordinary”

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has praised Carlo Ancelotti and described what he is currently doing at Real Madrid as “extraordinary”.

Del Bosque took some time out as La Roja prepare for Saturday’ Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus in Huelva and spoke to Radio Marca’s ‘Intermedio’ programme.

“Carlo is a gentleman, a sportsman, and everyone likes him. He is doing something extraordinary at Madrid and [Fernando] Hierro’s contribution is also great.

“His work also needs people around him who can help out and he has a great team. They must surely be one of the best Madrid teams of all time,” said the 63-year-old, who was asked about the many changes to his squad for the Belarus clash, particularly in midfield.

“[Santi] Cazorla and [Sergio] Busquets are in again but the rest are practically new, although I don’t see it as a revolution.

“In 2008 we had some new faces who bit-by-bit started to become regulars in the team. The group has its leaders, thanks to their experience, but there is also Koke, Isco, Cazorla and Bruno, who have character and know what to do.

“It’s possible the substitutes may well end up playing but the important thing is to have a big squad,” he maintained.

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