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Del Bosque wary of Irish

VICENTE Del Bosque believes that Spain's Euro 2012 assignment against Ireland in Poland will be "complicated" and anything but a foregone conclusion.

Spain's veteran coach said yesterday that he will remain as Spain manager until 2014, ending speculation that he could be a big-money target for Roman Abramovich and Chelsea.

Del Bosque has masterminded Spain's remarkable dominance in international football and they will go into the European Championships as the outright favourite to lift yet another trophy.

But he is wary of making any early claims about the group stage and believes that Spain will be pushed hard in qualification for the knockout phase.

"All of our opponents will be difficult," he said. "We respect all of them and they present different challenges. It is up to us to make sure we arrive into the tournament timing our form well."


"Our group is very difficult. Everyone knows the threat Italy pose, Croatia are tricky opponents and Ireland have a strong personality, character and an excellent team regardless of the experience of their manager, Giovanni Trapattoni.

"They will be a complicated team. We know how strong they are because of how well they got through their play-off."