Del Bosque relishing Euro final
June 28, 2012 08:31:17 UK
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has called on his players to prove their class in Sunday's final of Euro 2012 following their semi-final victory over Portugal.
The reigning champions, who are 1.57 to retain their crown, defeated their Iberian rivals in a penalty shootout on Wednesday evening after the match finished goalless with chances at a premium.
The players have played so many matches and they have to show their best in one more.Vicente Del Bosque
Del Bosque has admitted his side will have to improve in the final, which will be against either Germany or Italy, who clash on Thursday evening. Germany are now 1213.00 to win the tournament while the Italians are at 2.50.
"The players have played so many matches and they have to show their best in one more," he said.
He added: "Portugal were in control today and both teams only had a few chances to score, so we have to improve on this.
"The other semi-final will be a great match and whoever our opponent is in the final, that will also be a great match. But we don't care about who our opponents are."
Portugal coach Paulo Bento said his side can leave the tournament with their heads held high but reflected on chances missed by his side during the match.
"We can be sure we can compete with any team in any tournament at any level. We know how to compete and that's what we've shown," he said.
"Spain really deserve to be in the finals but, at the same time, I want to thank and praise my players for what they have shown in this tournament."
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