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Humility And Ruthlessness: Del Bosque’s Perfect Recipe For World Cup Success

Humility And Ruthlessness: Del Bosque’s Perfect Recipe For World Cup Success

If there is one thing that Vicente del Bosque shares with Luiz Felipe Scolari other than Diego Costa and their striking resemblance, this is the undeniable fact that both of them have led their respective squad to the World Cup final. And not only did they manage to make it to the final stage, both Del Bosque and Scolari went home as the triumphant ones—except that Spain’s current head honcho has the (temporary) upper hand as they are the defending champion.  


From Real Madrid to World Cup

Del Bosque has an impressive resume under his belt. He is considered as the “most successful manager that Real Madrid has. Under this tutelage, he led the Los Blancos to 2 La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles. He was also responsible for the Madridista’s Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies.


But at the zenith of his managerial career, Del Bosque’s contract was not renewed, much to the disappointment of many. Speculations have it that his exit was a result of a complicated politics, which resides within the club.


Despite a heartbreaking farewell, a better opportunity opened right before Del Bosque’s eyes. The tactician was offered the task to lead the national squad in the 2010 World Cup.


Spain has always been one of the strongest forces on the pitch. They are tournament regulars. But the squad lacks the most coveted silverware that will show how prolific they are. After a series of near misses, La Roja is hungry for a title and whether it was fate or plain coincidence, the decision to hand Del Bosque the job was a perfect one.


Del Bosque heads La Roja

Heading the pack, Del Bosque developed a squad known for its superb “passing play.”  Precise and clinical, La Roja was able to impose themselves in the match against Netherlands.


But the passing play alone was not enough. Del Bosque ensured that his players move in a lightning speed of light. Such approach provided La Roja with either an opening or scoring opportunities, which left the Oranjes struggling.


And so when the perfect moment arrived, the fast La Roja rampaged into the pitch. Cesc Fabregas, having mastered Del Bosque’s passing philosophy, saw the awaited opportunity, passed the ball to the open Andres Iniesta and ended Spain’s long wait. Del Bosque, on the other hand, had an added memorabilia to his trophy collection.


Humility above all

Although he has successfully earned the right to brag his previous achievement, humility tends to be a striking virtue of Del Bosque.
The Salamancan genius tries to ingrain into the core of his players that humility, above all, is the “first step to success” in their World Cup Matches.  He stressed the insignificance of their previous achievement and pays high respects to their opponents. Del Bosque even emphasized the reality that while Spain is considered to be one of the strongest teams on the pitch, it is not invincible—that supporters must also expect the club to fail in as much as they expect La Roja to win.


Ruthless, but stable and flexible

Del Bosque has already made it clear that he will be “ruthless” in choosing the starting XI. This meant that he is keen on dropping some of the famous names that helped La Roja snatch the previous World Cup trophy.


In the friendly against Italy, Del Bosque’s army was without David Villa, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Fernando Llorente. Instead, the world saw the appearance of Alvaro Negredo and the controversial Diego Costa, who opted to play for Spain instead of Brazil.


Eyebrows were raised of course. Yet, Del Bosque emphasized the need for flexibility. The move was not without compassion. And neither was it a manifestation of an ingrate in the making. Rather, it was a selfless act.


Del Bosque did not disregard the contributions of his past players. The man is thoroughly cognizant of what they can do for the squad. But then again, he saw the need for developing a new breed of players. He saw a potential that needs to be tapped in. He cannot afford to get stuck in a lineup that has long been studied and examined by his opponents and therefore, face the risk of being eliminated. Del Bosque wants to secure the future.


And as he integrates new faces in the squad, as he slowly build the future pillars of La Roja, Del Bosque ambitions a stable militia—one that can withstand the test of time and maintain the squad’s burning desire for more football passion and glory.


Image Source: El Diario

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