Del Bosque: We're ready for Scotland
Published 11/10/2010 | 16:24
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has told Scotland he will be ready for whatever system they throw at the world champions at Hampden tomorrow night.
He refused to criticise opposite number Craig Levein for the controversial 4-6-0 formation used by the Scots as they slumped to their first defeat of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic on Friday night.
And the former Real Madrid boss insists his players will have no trouble coping with another negative display when Scotland face their toughest match yet.
"We will be very much prepared for whatever tactics Scotland adopt tomorrow night," said Del Bosque.
"At club level, lots of our players come up against these types of tactics week after week.
"We will be looking at ways to combat it on counter-attacking and looking at ways to combat it from deadball situations.
"It's something all the players are used to and we will be making sure we are doubly prepared.
"Looking at it, we've got sufficient alternative ways of playing to be able to combat various defensive formations.
"We've got players of different characteristics and styles who can find a way around that."
Scotland assistant boss Peter Houston warned the Tartan Army they could be seeing more ultra-defensive tactics in future, but Del Bosque expects a different approach for this game.
He said: "I think we will see a more attacking Scotland.
"They are at home, they are in front of their own fans and they will be driven forward by their own supporters.
"I think the tactics employed by the Czech Republic the other night, who had two very attacking midfielders who were getting forward at every opportunity, almost obliged them to play in that style.
"And so they only really attacked once they went behind."
Del Bosque declined to divulge his own thoughts on the much-debated 4-6-0 formation.
"I think that's something you would need to talk to the Scotland manager about," he said.
"What I can say is that every manager sets his team up to achieve the best result possible."
Asked if Spain would ever resort to such a formation, he added: "I don't want to give my opinion because if I did it would be like I was making a direct comment on the manager's tactics. That's a bit of a sneaky question."
Scotland sit level with Lithuania in Group I and a point ahead of Czech Republic, who have played a game less, with Spain already well out in front.
Del Bosque believes defeat against his side would make the quest for second spot difficult, but not impossible, for the Scots.
He said: "I wouldn't rule out any of the three sides, Czech Republic, Lithuania or Scotland. There are lots of points still to play for.
"If we were to go away with nine points in the group after a victory tomorrow night, it would make things difficult for Scotland.
"Maybe the distance would be too much for them to get through but it wouldn't be definitive whatever happens."