POTCHEFSTROOM - Spain have
not been clinical enough in front of goal at the World Cup,
according to coach Vicente del Bosque.
The European champions, who play Netherlands on Sunday in
their first World Cup final, have won five of their six matches
by a one-goal margin, dominating their opponents for long
periods without finishing them off and squandering a host of
"Maybe we are lacking that bit of judgment in front of goal
but that's the most difficult thing in football," Del Bosque
said in an internet chat on the website of daily El Pais.
"The key thing is to keep faith with our concept of playing
and our solid organisation," he added.
"Out of that organisation, the players' individual qualities
should be able to be decisive."
With Fernando Torres, who returned from knee surgery shortly
before the tournament, out of sorts, Spain have relied heavily
on David Villa in South Africa, the Barcelona striker netting
five of the team's seven goals.
Del Bosque dropped Torres for Wednesday's 1-0 semi-final win
over Germany in Durban and replaced him with Pedro and he hinted
that he was not planning to tinker with the starting line-up
much for the final.
Pedro earned praise from Del Bosque and his team mates for
his performance against the Germans, in which he kept Philipp
Lahm busy and prevented the fullback from making many of his
dangerous forays down the right wing.
"We have pretty much maintained a block of players in these
six matches and I don't believe there will be many changes," Del
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