translated from Spanish: Vicente del Bosque: «Chile was one of the most awkward rivals to face»

On Saturday 10 years of the historic title of the Spanish national team at the 2010 World Cup, Vicente del Bosque recalled how the combination of glory in South Africa and had words for the clash with Chile that closed the group stage in Pretoria.In that duel, Spain suffered a fierce resistance from the ensemble led by Marcelo Bielsa. Finally, The Hispanics would stay with the 2-1 victory with scores by David Villa and Andrés Iniesta.In front of this crossing, Del Bosque pointed to the newspaper Marca that the ‘Red’ was one of the toughest rivals that he faced. «Chile and Paraguay, the two Bielsa-style teams. By far the most uncomfortable,» he said. With the Chileans we had an incredible event, which had not lived. In the last few minutes they stopped, because it was worth both of us (to qualify). It was five or seven minutes, no more, but they became eternal to me,» he said. Everyone knew he was worth 2-1, except Javi Martinez who was out of the way and was going up. They said quietly Javi, which is good for us,» he added. Four years later and with Del Bosque back on the bench the story would be different. Through the group stage of the World Cup Brazil 2014, Chile prevailed over Spain 2-0 and in passing eliminated the Europeans from the event. Regarding the title achieved in South Africa, Del Bosque said that «it is a historical fact that surpassed the dimension of football. The country was reinforced. We stood in hand with those around us (…) We had a shred of luck that so many times we were missing.»

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