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Football: Del Bosque still smiling after Spain's nightmare start

Published on Jun 15, 2014 7:46 AM
 
Spain's sensational 5-1 thrashing by the Netherlands was only a 'partial defeat', a relaxed-looking coach Vicente Del Bosque told reporters on Saturday, on June 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CURITIBA, Brazil (REUTERS) - Spain's sensational 5-1 thrashing by the Netherlands was only a 'partial defeat', a relaxed-looking coach Vicente Del Bosque told reporters on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

The affable 63-year-old managed to smile as he held an unscheduled press briefing at the team training centre the day after the world champions suffered their biggest loss at a World Cup in 60 years.

"I had no obligation to come here to the press room today but I thought it was a sign of normality, as we have done on other occasions, to be here to answer any questions," he volunteered. "It's not a definitive defeat, it's a partial one," he said of the mauling in Salvador.

Asked whether he was planning changes to the line-up for the next game against Chile, a must-win match for his men, Del Bosque insisted on keeping his options open. "Obviously it's another match, there could be a change or two but now is not yet the time to talk about it. We'll think it over, we don't want to rush and make wrong decisions and we have until Wednesday," he said.

 
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