Sunday July 1 2012
Del Bosque: 'Italy were unlucky'

Vicente Del Bosque made history with Spain this evening, but reassured Italy “they had a great tournament and no luck tonight.”

The Euro 2012 Final was a crushing 4-0 result in Kiev, exacerbated by the fact Thiago Motta’s injury left the Azzurri with 10 men for the last half-hour.

“Before I start to analyse anything I'd like to say that everyone loses sometimes,” began Del Bosque in his Press conference.

“Italy had a great tournament but had that injury with Thiago Motta and the game effectively ended then.

“We played well, got the first goal and though Italy responded well we reacted and got a second. Our success is historic but we have to begin looking to the future and qualifying for Brazil.”

Spain become the first team ever to win three major tournaments in a row.

“This is a great generation of players. They have roots and know how to play because they come from a country that knows how to. We have a great bunch of lads, some playing abroad – they never used to.

“This is a great era for Spanish football. After Vienna [and the UEFA EURO 2008 final] Luis Aragonés, the then-Coach, showed us the way, the direction to go.

“But there are challenges ahead with World Cup qualification, and then the Confederations Cup where, representing Europe, we want to do well.”

Italy will also be in the Confederations Cup thanks to their silver medal, as Spain already have the World Cup spot.

“We had an extraordinary match, but don't underestimate Italy – they just had no luck. Everything went our way tonight.

“Italy had one fewer player, one less day of rest and they tried throughout but couldn't get into the game. We played our own game and were faithful to what we've done over the years.”