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Spain coach del Bosque eyes Euro semis

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Madrid, May 24: Spain football team head coach Vicente del Bosque said on Tuesday that if his side can reach the semi-fils of the forthcoming European Championship which starts in France starting on June 10, he will be satisfied.

Speaking on radio station, Cade Cope the night after he began preparations for the tourment with a reduced group of 18 players, del Bosque was asked if Spain could retain the title they won in 2008 and in 2012.

“I will be content if we get to the semi-fils,” admitted the coach, whose side failed to make it out of the group stage in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“Some people may consider (reaching the semis) to be a failure, but I don’t want us to be taken over by nerves and mistakes,” he said.

He defended the list of 23 players which he med last week, although he admitted this “was perhaps the list which was the toughest to pick”.

“We have tried to take strongest squad, so we have not given prizes to anyone, and we have simply picked the best players,” he explained.

Controversial Brazilian born striker Diego Costa has not made the squad. Del Bosque cited physical problems as the reason for leaving him out, saying he was content with the selection of 35-year-old Aritz Aduriz and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.

“I have a lot of confidence in Morata, and Aduriz’s numbers this season (36 goals in all competitions) are unquestioble,” he commented.

Filly, del Bosque didn’t want to be drawn into the debate over whether David de Gea or Iker Casillas would be first choice goalkeeper for Spain.

“It’s not the time to think about that, and we will have to take a look at them both and then make the best decision,” he said. IANS

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