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Del Bosque plays down Xavi influence

June 25, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has refuted stories that he and key midfielder Xavi Hernandez had fallen out over team selection and tactics during the Confederations Cup.

Rumours of a disagreement between Del Bosque and Xavi followed assistant coach Toni Grande's revelation last weekend that the Barcelona midfielder had told coaches "that he preferred to play with some players rather than others".

The assumption was that the playmaker wanted to take advantage of Xabi Alonso's ...

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