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Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque has said that the criticism of his team is not fair. Spain have been receiving a lot of criticism in recent months for not being at the very best. A lot is expected of the team, which has won the last two European championships along with one World Cup title. The national team has experienced unprecedented success under the management of del Bosque, but they have been looking increasingly vulnerable in the last few months. They are not yet sure of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup due to poor results against the likes of France and Finland.
Del Bosque has responded to the criticism by saying that the problems faced by the team are short-term rather than long-term. The 62-year-old boss has changed the playing style of the team significantly following their first major win in 2008. There have been times when Spain have played without a central striker due to the plethora of attacking midfielders they have in the squad. However, this experiment has been a hit and miss. There have been calls for Spain to go back to the traditional way of playing with the striker, but the former Real Madrid boss dismissed the criticism by saying that he expects Spain to adjust quickly.
“We have indeed shown some uncertainty in the position of centre forward, but it is also true that the problems have not been very regular. Michu should be praised for what he has done in the Premiership. He has had an extraordinary campaign. The selection issues are a reflection of Spanish football at the moment. We have a huge wealth of options, but there may be a pocket of people who are not happy with our extraordinary football at the moment,” said del Bosque in a recent interview.
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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has faced several issues with José Mourinho in the recent months, which has led to him being dropped from the first team. Mourinho has cited the poor form of the goalkeeper as the reason for his absence from the first team. Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque, though, has said that Casillas still remains crucial to the plans of the national team despite his omission at club level. He has said that he retains his complete faith in the 31-year-old, who has won all the major titles at national and club level.
Casillas is set to return to first-team action after spending more than two months on the sidelines due to injury. Del Bosque has confirmed that the goalkeeper will be back in the Spanish squad once he returns from injury. Spain recently managed a 1-0 win over France without Casillas in the squad. As a result of this impressive victory, they have moved out of their group table in the World Cup qualifying stages. Despite this, del Bosque has said that he is extremely cautious about the chances of the team in the upcoming World Cup
The victory means that Spain now enjoy a one-point advantage over France in the table.
“Iker will be in the next Spain squad once he has recovered from injury, as he’s an important player for the team and is our captain. It was an important win in France, but you can’t forget we still have three games left to play in the qualifying round and they won’t be easy at all,” said Vicente del Bosque. The winner of group will be able to qualify for the World Cup automatically, while the second placed team will have to go through a play-off match against a team from the same region.