Del Bosque at a loss for words

Del Bosque at a loss for words

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque refused to single out any of his stunned players for blame after the holders crashed to a shocking 5-1 reverse to Netherlands in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.

“It's certainly not a happy moment for us,” said Del Bosque. “As a sportsman, I'd like to congratulate the Dutch side, they overwhelmed us in the second half,” added the 63-year-old.

“At this point it's not time to point fingers of blame. We are all to blame. We have to look ahead and go to our next match and secure a win against Chile.” However, it will be harder for them to recover from Friday's reverse.

“Of course a defeat hurts and is painful for both for those on and off the pitch,” Del Bosque said.

“We've had a chat in the dressing room, a positive one, good for them. We have time to discuss things further.

“I feel very upset and disappointed but I have enough experience to understand this defeat. There were very specific moments in the match, especially Silva's missed chance and then immediately the Dutch equalised. I can't find words to explain five goals. We have never been a defensive but always coped well defending. Today we've been very weak in defence.”