Del Bosque: Spain will rebel


The 2010 champions were humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in their first Group B fixture, yet Del Bosque has backed his side to bounce back after the loss.

“We’re hurt and there is a lot of responsibility on us but we have another chance to continue at the World Cup,” said the Spanish boss.

“I hope the players will rebel against a defeat that was hard to take and that we can continue.

“When I talk about rebelling, I also mean that we can’t back off, we have to be brave and aggressive like Chile are [but] also have our own identity. I think that’s important.”

Del Bosque refused to make any excuses for their defeat last week, and admitted it was a tough mental battle for his players to recover after their shock loss to the 2010 runners-up.

“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,” he said.

“We have suffered a partial defeat and we hope it does not become a total defeat.

“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.

Del Bosque is wary of the threat posed by their South American rivals, yet refused to reveal whether wholesale changes will be made ahead of the clash in Rio de Janeiro.

“We may make a change but not a lot [of changes],” said the 63-year-old.

“The 12 who didn’t play are great players, playing in great leagues and some of them may have an opportunity.”

Kick-off for what should be an entertaining battle against the Chileans is at 9pm on Wednesday evening.