27 Jun 2012

Spain won't change football style despite critics

11:59 am on 27 June 2012

The midfielder Andres Iniesta says Spain are not going to change their style and believes the lack of entertainment in their games is due to opponents setting out purely to defend against the football world champions.

Spain's performance against France in their 2-0 quarter-final win at Euro 2012 was viewed in many quarters as lacking in attacking intent with their possession football failing to provide much in the way of a spectacle.

But Iniesta says their short-passing possession game, which has brought a European Championship and World Cup triumph, won't be abandoned.

Ahead of Thursday's semi-final with Portugal, Iniesta says it's a method that brought them success and suggests the lack of excitement was largely to do with the way opponents have clammed up against Spain.

The Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says the team's record speaks for itself and expects Portugal's approach to continue to be based around a fast counter-attacking game.