Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes France will do more than simply park
the bus when the teams meet in Saturday's Euro 2012 quarter-final.
Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc has indicated he would have to consider
altering his side's tactics in order to combat Spain's patented tiki-taka,
possession orientated style of play.
But with the likes of Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema and Yohan Cabaye in their
ranks, World Cup winner Del Bosque is sure France will stay true to the methods
that helped them go 23 matches unbeaten before their shock defeat against Sweden
"I have a hard time believing they will just close the defence up. They have
players who can start and build the play and I can't see them defending all of
the time and waiting for us to do something. I just hope the match will turn out
well," he said.
"The French coach is a great coach and he has great players at his disposal
and the match they lost against Sweden does not tell us anything. They had not
lost for a long time before this and that is the thing we will have to think
"I've never been one to say relationships in all teams are idyllic. You have
to work to have good. Of course, some of players are more difficult to cope with
but as long as they play well on pitch that's the important thing. I don't know
the French players but I don't think (what happened after the Sweden game) will
influence tomorrow's match."
Del Bosque is still yet to work out whether to start with Fernando Torres,
who scored twice against Ireland in the group stage, or field Cesc Fabregas in
the more advanced position which has seen the former Arsenal skipper also strike
twice in the competition.
The 61-year-old admitted he would continue to agonise over the decision and
that, despite the constant success he has enjoyed in a position he has held
since 2008, has consistently been racked by self-doubt due to the quality he has
at his disposal.
"I haven't decided the team, that is why we have doubts. We have great
players and any of them can player. We have lots of different options and we
will just try and pick the best of them," he said.
"It's not true to say I have doubts just today. I have always had 23 players
and all of them great, all of them important in their clubs. I could use all of
them and that's why I have doubts. It would be bad to be sure about
"We will see tomorrow about the team but Cesc is an option. He is a great
player and he can play in different positions as he does for Barcelona. We will
try to use the benefits of players who are in their top form."