"Italy have only just beaten us and they are strong opponents" warns Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque

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  • "Italy have only just beaten us and they are strong opponents" warns Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque

"Italy have only just beaten us and they are strong opponents" warns Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque

 

Spanish national coach Vicente Del Bosque has expressed that Italy will be a tough opponent to challenge in the group stage of the EURO 2012 in Friday’s draws for the tournament. Del Bosque made the statement after Spain was drawn in Group C of the EURO 2012 group stage.

 

Spain’s opponents in Group C are Italy, Croatia and the Republic of Ireland. Even though Spain have been tipped as the tournament favorites and the favorites to top the Group C, Del Bosque has claimed that facing Italy will definitely be a challenging task for La Furia Roja.

 

Italy and Spain met in a friendly match earlier this year. The match was very heavily contested and the Spaniards suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Italians. Italy were able to completely block out the world champions and emerged victorious.

 

Considering the defeat in the friendly match, Del Bosque has insisted that Italy will be a threat in next year’s championship.

 

While talking to Cuatro Television, Del Bosque was quoted as saying:

 

"Italy have only just beaten us and they are strong opponents. We have to play a more-renowned team like Italy, and two teams that made it through the play-offs.”

 

"We will prepare carefully, we have to focus on our own game and get ready," he added.

 

Spain were the winners of the EURO championship the last time around, and have been considered as one of the strongest teams in the world ever since. They defeated old foes, Germany, in the final of the EURO 2008, which was jointly hosted by Austria and Switzerland.

 

After becoming the European champions, the Spanish team became almost invincible. They were favorites of the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to their form and the strength of their squad. Spain exceeded all expectations when they emerged as victors of football’s most prestigious tournament, held in South Africa.

 

The current world champions are still considered as gifted with one of the most complete squads in the world.

 

Coach Vicente Del Bosque has also expressed excitement ahead of the tournament and has demonstrated his happiness with the draw in the Group C. He added that the tournament will be very competitive and entertaining.

 

"It will be tough, in the European Championships there are 16 tough teams and every one poses their own threat.”

 

Spain will play against Italy on the 10th of June in Gdansk in Group C’s opening game.

 

 

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