Del Bosque: ‘Spain must be humble’

Spain must retain their humility if they are to hold on to their European crown, boss Vicente del Bosque has warned.

La Roja face Turkey in Nice on Friday night, knowing victory will almost certainly book them a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016, and Del Bosque has cautioned against any complacency.

“If we want to do something great then we must be humble because if we lose our identity it will make things more difficult,” the Spain boss told reporters.

“Monday’s win [over Czech Republic] has not changed anything, so we must be careful about getting carried away. We must be wary of our opponent, always thinking of the worst possible case.

“Hopefully, we’ll seize the initiative and play in their half of the pitch. But Turkey have a great team and, above all, we mustn’t allow the last game to cloud our thinking.”

The 65-year-old refused to speculate on the next round and also on whether he would make changes to his starting line-up for the Turkey clash.

“I don’t want to talk about qualification as we just need to focus on winning. Nobody knows what will be an easier game in the next stage.

“We’ll see if we need to refresh anything but I have great confidence in my 23-man squad, so any changes I make will not undermine the team.”

Asked about the recent omission of Andres Iniesta from a UEFA XI, the Coach said it is “anecdotal whether Andres is in that team or not. The thing that matters is that he has the dressing room’s esteem. Not even a Ballon d’Or is worth as much.”

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