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Del Bosque critical of ´sluggish´ Spain

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 4 Jun 2012

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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque was wary of his side’s ‘sluggish’ performance against China despite winning their third friendly in a week.

The world and European champions took until the 84th minute to break through a miserly China defence in Sevilla on Sunday, with David Silva on target from Andreas Iniesta’s cutback in a 1-0 win.

Despite an improved performance after the break having introduced four substitutes, del Bosque was unhappy with Spain’s last outing before kicking off their Euro 2012 campaign against Italy on June 10.

“We were slower than usual, they left us little space and we were sluggish,” del Bosque said.

“But we knew China would be a strong rival in the fight for the ball, but they not only have defended well, they also fought back (on the counter-attack).

“But, in the second half, we played with more people in attack and they (China) were more wary.”

Del Bosque brought on Fernando Torres, Iniesta, Victor Valdes and Jesus Navas after half-time among six changes, and said he was particularly pleased with his Barcelona stars.

“I am very pleased with (Gerard) Pique, Xavi, Iniesta and especially (Sergio) Busquets.”

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