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Spain's Place in History is Unshakeable
Vicente del Bosque became the first coach winning UEFA Champions League, World Cup and European Championship, but he does not care about his personal achievement.
"This is a great era for Spanish football," said Del Bosque. He spoke highly of his men's outstanding performance and the unlucky opponents' side. Cesare Prandelli who looked the same tired as his team admitted their disappointment, but at the same time he still satisfied with Italy for an 8/10 mark they achieved in this tournament.
Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach
I had analyzed every possibility before this match, while we were more lucky than I expected. Italy played very good in this Euro, but if it were not for injured Thiago Motta's departure, they might go much further. The game was ended in effect. About our side, we played excellent, scoring one goal early; although Italy made good responses, we took the opportunity to extend our advantage. We made history, even so, we had to look forward quickly to the preliminaries of World Cup Brazil in 2014.
They are a group of great players. They come from Italy where a country knows how to play football. These guys are excellent, many of whom were playing aboard. This is a great era of Spain football. Luis AragonÃ©s had pointed the way to us in Vienna Euro 2008. The following World Cup qualification will be a great challenge and then the Confederations Cup, as the representative of Europe we want to complete our mission.
This is a particularly great match we played, but we should not belittle Italy who just were out of luck. This match played without a hitch might for one-day rest fewer and one-man fewer than us. They looked quite tired and seemed hard to get in the game. We played in our own style and stuck on our own faith. I have spoken with the King [Juan Carlos] and prince and they will meet us tomorrow. This s a great time belongs to Spainish.
Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach
The only regret of us is too tired. The opponent we confronted were a World Champions, and the game was over after one man left for injury. We had some chances in the beginning of second half, but we didn't catch these chances. And we totally gave up resistance since Thiago Motta's leave. We could not take care of the defense well while we were attempting to attack.
I think Italy had a great performance in UEFA Euro this term, while our only regret is no sufficient time to rest. We had ever met Spain in group games, we did very excellent at that time for the great conditions the players had. Facing such a team, you must spare no pains but we failed. Spain have to be praised for making history, it was all they deserved. Without a traditional forward, Spain still gained many chances created by the players.
I'd give us an eight out of ten for this tournament. We had gone through fierce competitions in the group games and we played some good games; the serious problem this time was our physical strength. Italy showed their good team work spirit and they played attacking football which could reduce foul, lose with dignity and react to hard situations.
Suffering a setback will be invariably disappointing. But the longer the Italy played, the more satisfied I felt to my team. When we leave Kyiv and see this stadium lights in the high attitude, I will be extremely sad with proud.
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