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Del Bosque pleased with win
Created on Jun. 08, 2014 11:08 AM EST
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said Saturday's 2-0 win over El Salvador should be cause for optimism leading into the FIFA World Cup.
The World Cup holders needed a second-half brace from all-time leading scorer David Villa to seal the win in their final warm-up game in Washington.
Spain dictated play throughout the contest but were far from their free-flowing best against El Salvador, having been kept goalless to half-time, while they squandered a number of opportunities, including a Cesc Fabregas penalty at FedEx Field.
But Del Bosque said his team is on the right track ahead of their Group B opener against the Netherlands on June 13, especially after Atletico Madrid pair Diego Costa and Juanfran came through the match unscathed.
"Juanfran played the entire 90 minutes and held up, Diego Costa played for 70 and he could've gone more but we decided to take him out," he told reporters post-game.
"With these 23 players, we're going to Brazil.
"We lacked continuity and accuracy in the final third, but we dictated the match.
"We feel good and we're optimistic about the start of the competition. We didn't have many chances on goal but they were good and defended very well.
"But I'm not bothered by the way they played because if we take the initiative, I'm sure that in the majority of the games, we'll have room to pass."
Del Bosque also reserved praise for goal-scoring hero Villa, who has now scored 58 goals in 95 appearances since making his international debut against San Marino in World Cup qualifier in 2005.
"We know what David Villa can do, in confined spaces, he's one of the best strikers in the world," Del Bosque said.