Spain coach confident they can beat Chile tonight

Vicente del Bosque calls for his players to “rebel” ahead of crunch match in Rio

Spain coach confident they can beat Chile tonight

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June 18th, 2014

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Spain face a potentially early exit from the 2014 World Cup after a surprise 5-1 reverse against the Netherlands on Friday, with La Roja now meeting Chile this evening as they aim to bounce back and get out of Group B.

Vicente del Bosque’s team famously lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup, although that 1-0 defeat against Switzerland saw Spain dominate possession and create plenty of chances, while the hammering at the hands of the Dutch was completely different.

Indeed, the Spanish coach admits the last few days have been about trying to boost his squad mentally, although Chile will be tricky customers and Del Bosque hopes that the team will use their anxiety in the right way.

“Anxiety is a dangerous term but you play with that,” he said. “It can help you to produce a better performance. It’s good to have anxiety so long as you can control it. It is much worse to not have any concerns, to be blasé, saying: ‘We might lose, no pasa nada.’

“We’re hurt and there is a lot of responsibility on us but we have another chance to continue at the World Cup. I hope the players will rebel against a defeat that was hard to take and that we can continue.

“These last four days have been very long but we have worked on the mental recovery. We’re sportsmen and we have an opportunity now.

“We’re not conning anyone: we played badly, we lost, they were better than us but we will look ahead and there is still a solution. We have suffered a partial defeat and we hope it does not become a total defeat.”

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