Del Bosque: Diego Costa has increased competitiveness
Spanish national team manager, Vicente Del Bosque recently admitted that the potential inclusion of Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa into La Roja has put the other Spanish strikers vying for a spot on the 2014 World Cup squad on notice and increased competitiveness.
In an interview with Spanish television station, Cuatro, Del Bosque discussed the forward position for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the increased competitiveness that has following after Diego Costa announced his intention to play for Spain.
“Diego Costa is among one of the alternatives we have at the position, but no one’s place is guaranteed. The guys said he wants to play with us and has increased the competition within the squad. Are we scared? We’ve accepted his decision, as we did the day we met with him. It was important to meet with him, we got on very well. He’s very close to his family, has a lot of courage and is a constant source of frustration for opposing defences.”
Del Bosque went on to discuss the futures of several aging stars, who may feature in the last World Cup of their careers and the young players biting at their heels.
Xavi: “If he consistently plays for Barcelona, like he’s been consistently been playing this season, of course he will be named to the squad.”
Casillas: “He’s been participating throughout the entire season: he’s playing, he’s healthy, he’s doing well and unless things change, he’ll be in Brazil.”
Puyol: “He is a player who we all have the utmost appreciation for and we’re very eager to see how he gets on this season.”
Negredo: “He has so much more potential than he’s shown. He shouldn’t be content with just one or two goals.”
Youth: “Bartra, Íñigo Martínez, Carvajal, Morata, Jesé …there are 16 or 17 players who are knocking at the doors of the Spanish national team.”