Euro 2012

Del Bosque: No issue with Clasico final

April 17, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is unconcerned about the prospect of a Real Madrid versus Barcelona Champions League final, insisting the rivalry between the two clubs will not adversely affect La Roja at Euro 2012.

Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol Spain
PA PhotosIker Casillas and Carles Puyol are captains of La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, but international team-mates with Spain

Barca and Real met four times in three weeks last season and the heated series of encounters saw high-profile clashes between members of Del Bosque's squad.

Questions have been raised about whether the intense rivalry between the two giants of Spanish football could have a negative impact on the national team and with the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine looming large, it would be a dangerous time for emotions to boil over.

However, Del Bosque is not worried about a potential high-stakes showdown between Barca and Real at the Allianz Arena in May, with the former Los Blancos boss simply happy that Spain have five representatives in the semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League.

"We must enjoy this moment, because there are five Spanish clubs in the semi-finals of European competitions and the national team has nothing to do with that," Del Bosque said. "Whatever happens will have no repercussions in the national team.

"We want a Champions League final between Madrid and Barca, because that will not damage the national team, because we know that some will win, and some will lose. The players are prepared for that."