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Del Bosque: Spain are not kings of the world

September 7, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

World Cup winning Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has told his players not to get carried away with their success and wants the side to move forward, beginning with their friendly against Argentina.

Vicente del Bosque, Spain
GettyImagesVicente del Bosque's Spain side triumphed in South Africa.

Buenos Aires plays host to the game between two of the top countries in world football, and Del Bosque is looking for his players to maintain their focus after a 4-0 drubbing of Liechtenstein in their first Euro 2012 qualifier.

"The worst that can happen to this group is to believe that we are the kings of the world. After winning the World Cup, our goal is to prepare for the next tournament," Del Bosque said in a press conference. ''We're just players and a coach except that we are the world champions. We have a great responsibility to move forward.

"I think our success is due to a solid base rather than a good generation. We have not changed at all since the World Cup. We won the World Cup from technical and human effort."

Del Bosque also thinks that the Albicelestes will be a totally different proposition from the side that lost 4-0 to Germany at the World Cup and is expecting a tough test on Tuesday.

"Argentina's game has changed since the World Cup,'' he said. ''I saw the game they played against Ireland and they had more possession in midfield and their players made changes in acceleration. Argentina are at our level and have the same game organisation and talent. We're not so far from each other."