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World Cup exit could be end of road for Spain stars, admits Del Bosque

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Talksport.co.uk

Vicente Del Bosque admitted their humiliating World Cup exit could signal the end of the international road for a number of Spain’s stars – and also for him.

Defeat to Chile in the Maracana on Wednesday meant the Spanish became the first holders ever to crash out of the tournament after just two group stage matches.

Del Bosque said he need to take time to think about his own future and "what is good for Spanish football", but he knows there will be questions asked and that this could be the end of an era for one of the all-time great international teams.

He said: "It's true that when such things happen during a World Cup or a tournament like this then it has consequences, but I don't want to start thinking about that right now. We have time to analyse that and it is not the right time now.

"There will be time to think and reflect on what we are going to do. I think this team is good but we have to take a decision about what is good for Spanish football, and that applies to myself as well."

Del Bosque admitted his side had been too timid in the first half against Chile, who went into the break leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz.

He added: "In the first half we were really shy and sluggish and not brave enough so Chile were able to put the pressure on us.

"In the second half we had more space and some chances but I am trying to find excuses - we played worse than Chile and Holland and so we have lost."

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