del Bosque: We Can Cope WIth Anything Scotland Produce

By Ed_ScottishFitba
Last updated : 12 October 2010
We are number 1Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not bothered about what formation Scotland will employ at Hampden tonight. He refused to criticise opposite number Craig Levein for the line-up used against the Czech Republic on Friday night in their EURO2012 qualifying game. And the former Real Madrid boss insists his players will have no trouble coping with another negative display when Scotland face their toughest game yet. Del Bosque said: "We will be very much prepared for whatever tactics Scotland adopt tomorrow night. At club level, lots of our players come up against these types of tactics week after week. We will be looking at ways to combat it on counter-attacking and looking at ways to combat it from deadball situations. It's something all the players are used to and we will be making sure we are doubly prepared. Looking at it, we've got sufficient alternative ways of playing to be able to combat various defensive formations. We've got players of different characteristics and styles who can find a way around that."

Scotland assistant boss Peter Houston warned the Tartan Army they could be seeing more ultra-defensive tactics in future, but Del Bosque expects a different approach for this game. He said: "I think we will see a more attacking Scotland. They are at home, they are in front of their own fans and they will be driven forward by their own supporters. I think the tactics employed by the Czech Republic the other night, who had two very attacking midfielders who were getting forward at every opportunity, almost obliged them to play in that style. And so they only really attacked once they went behind."

Levein claims Scotland can exploit weaknesses in Spain despite branding them the strongest opponents the national team have ever faced.  Levein said: "They play an attractive brand of football, they have players of a technical quality that is to be admired. Their recent results and competitions that they have won would lead me to believe they are possibly the best team Scotland have ever played. The thing for me is we are at home, we are going to have a complete sell-out. Our guys have watched Spain, not just against Lithuania, but on five or six occasions now. I feel there are areas that we can exploit. We're at home, it's really important we get the supporters right behind us and we will see what we can do. We'd like to get a goal, we would like to get two goals. It's a home match. You have always got to hope you can pick up points at home. In this group, home matches were always going to be critical. It's a game that we need to try and express ourselves in and try to win, it's as simple as that."
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