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Paris – Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says that former glories will count for little when they go to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in June.
Spain won the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and the last European competition in Austria and Switzerland in 2008, casting aside the country's reputation as under-achievers on the international stage.
“I think we have to be like normal people,” Del Bosque said in an interview on uefa.com about his side's preparations for the tournament.
“We can be proud of what we've achieved, but at the same time it belongs to the past, and we have to face the future.
“And if we want to keep our feet on the ground there is no other possibility than to forget that we won it, and prepare for the future.”
Former Real Madrid coach Del Bosque said an essential part of the country's recent success was consistency of play across all national teams, which gave him a range of options at his disposal.
“We can put in any player we want and he will adapt immediately,” he added.
Spain take on 2006 World Cup winners Italy in their first Group C match in Gdansk, Poland, on June 10. – Sapa-AFP