Del Bosque: I didn’t know it was Villa’s last game
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insists he wasn’t aware this would be the final international match for David Villa, after the striker seemed deeply annoyed at his substitution. Although La Roja finished their participation at the World Cup on a winning note against Australia, it’s now time to think ahead to the future, he suggested.
Vicente Del Bosque was pleased with the manner of the 3-0 victory his Spain side produced against Australia, in their final game of the World Cup in a group from which the team have ultimately failed to qualify from.
“We’ve ended our participation in the most dignified way, the players have pulled out all the stops and later, we took control of the game.”
Asked to analyse why his side hadn’t produced similar performances in the opening two games of the tournament, Del Bosque suggested: “All we can think is that we’ve been a little beneath ourselves, that Holland and Chile played very well, that they were very strong.”
With much talk about the next generation of young Spanish players, pushing hard for their chance in the national team, Del Bosque remains confident that there are veteran players that still have plenty to offer, over the coming years.
“There’s still players who can help the national team a great deal and we must remain aware of that. I won’t rule out anyone because of age.”
As for his own future, the 63-year-old coach remained guarded, but assured that whatever decisions are taken, they will be well planned and given much thought.
“I’ll decide in the next few days or next week. There’s no rush. Then we’ll talk about it. The president, the general secretary and I will talk and look for the best solutions for our football, sensibly and sensitively. We will do what is best for our football.”
David Villa was visibly upset at his substitution and couldn’t contain his emotions, in tears as he left the pitch, substituted in the second half. Del Bosque seemed a little regretful at having made the decision to substitute ‘El Guaje’, insisting that he wasn’t aware the strike planned this to be his final international.
“He certainly seemed very annoyed. He said it was his last game, but I didn’t know that. I’m sure he was upset. All I was thinking about is that it was time to kill off the game and we did that.”
Although this World Cup has proven to be disappointing for Spain, Del Bosque remains convinced that there is no cause for alarm, that there are plenty of quality players to choose from, whether he’s doing the choosing, or someone else is.
“We’ve been in control of the national team for six years now and we’ve topped the FIFA rankings. This group of players has been a lesson for everyone, they’ve been really good players and now it’s been our time to lose. We have to move on to another qualification phase next and whoever the next manager is, the future is safe. We must remain calm in the face of the future.”