Spain coach Del Bosque still looks to the future

Spain’s 4-0 success over Italy in the Euro 2012 final meant they became the first team to win three major tournaments in succession (two Euros plus a World Cup), but coach Vicente del Bosque played down their achievement.

Spain’s 4-0 success over Italy in the Euro 2012 final meant they became the first team to win three major tournaments in succession (two Euros plus a World Cup), but coach Vicente del Bosque played down their achievement.

"To win three titles is almost impossible. Congratulations to the players.

"I didn't really want to be the coach who wins but the coach who educates. I want to keep preparing them for the future."

Skipper Iker Casillas admitted that criticism of the team came with the territory as they started the tournament slowly.

"There will always be some criticism as we have set the bar so high that that's what happens when you come down a step.

"It's been four marvellous years.

"You might think that a 4-0 margin against Italy means it was easy - but we have been gradually stepping up as the tournament went along."

 
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