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Del Bosque “positive” over Spain’s World Cup hopes

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Vicente Del Bosque is “positive” that Spain can compete for a second world title in Russia after an unbeaten qualifying campaign

The 2010 World Cup winners won nine and only drew one in their qualifying campaign as they took 28 points from a possible 30, in a group that had contained the likes of Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

Spain followed up the strong qualifying campaign up with a 1-1 friendly draw with current World champions Germany away from home, before thrashing Argentina 6-1 in March.

La Roja are considered to be the third favourites for Russia and Del Bosque, who won the World Cup and European championship during his time in charge of Spain, is confident that they can go all the way.

“Let’s see. Spain has done well recently, they did a really good job in the qualifying games with great results, almost a perfect qualification,” he told Omnisport, via FourFourTwo.

“And then we have faced big teams like Germany, France, England, Argentina, Belgium… and we have been better than them. So, that makes me be positive thinking about the future.

“There is not any recipe to play the World Cup. The most important thing is to keep doing what we already have done in the last two years.”

As for his successor at the national team, Del Bosque added: “I think he [coach Julen Lopetegui] has done a really good job making a really good group. And apart from that, he has done a really good job developing his own style.”

Spain will next play Tunisia on Saturday as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.