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Del Bosque to play three strikers

Spain coach giving nothing away over selection

ESPN staff

Cesc Fabregas as played as a 'False Nine'© PA Photos

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque dodged the question of who he will select in the striking role for the Euro 2012 final against Italy, claiming only that he would start with three attackers.

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Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres have all been used up front for the current European champions, with David Silva and Andres Iniesta supporting them in wide roles, and Del Bosque has given no clues how he will line up his side in Kiev.

"We will play with three strikers, but all the team have to help them," he told reporters at a press conference. "These three players will have the obligation to attack and to try to score a goal. We have more obligation to attack than to defend."

Spain drew 1-1 against Italy in the first game of Group C on June 10 with Cesare Prandelli's side criticised for being defensive in their approach. However, Del Bosque believes the Italians deserve their place in the final.

"This next game is the most important one, we will play for something we have been working on for two years," he said "We would all like to secure a victory. Italy have been on the rise and they deserve to be in the final.

"We cannot say that Italy played defensive football against us in the group game because they did not. They have made progress in recent years."

Spain are looking to make history by becoming the first team to claim three back-to-back national titles after winning both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, but Del Bosque is keen to focus the attention on the next game.

"I think we cannot look at the past," the former Real Madrid boss added. "Italy have won the World Cup four times, and we are talking about the present, which is the only reference. We were in the same group, we have both won matches on penalties and our playing style has been similar. That is why I do not think there will be a big difference.

"If our players have lost the desire to win? We haven't noticed symptoms of that happening. Success can weaken the future, but we have a group of players that know what this sport is and we have not lost our competitive spirit."

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