2 Jul 2012

Modest Del Bosque says he hasn't changed the game

12:09 pm on 2 July 2012

Vicente del Bosque played down a suggestion he had changed football by sometimes starting matches at Euro 2012 without a recognised striker after Spain crushed Italy 4-0 to retain their continental title on Monday.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was again deployed as a roving forward for the game at Kiev's Olympic Stadium, as he had been earlier in the tournament against Italy and France, and Spain were soon in front when he crossed for David Silva to nod past Gianluigi Buffon in the 14th minute.

Fabregas was replaced by Fernando Torres, a genuine centre forward, with 15 minutes remaining and Torres promptly netted Spain's third before setting up Chelsea team mate Juan Mata for the fourth on a near-perfect night for the Iberian nation.

Del Bosque says there is more than one type of football and the important thing is to score goals.

The 61-year-old is only the second coach to win a European Championship and a World Cup title.

He says the team has strikers but decided to play with players who went better with their style.

Apart from a 4-0 thrashing of Ireland in the group phase, Spain found goals hard to come by in Poland and Ukraine, prompting accusations they lacked attacking flair and ambition.

Monday's performance was an emphatic response however.