Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has spoken of his pride at watching El Clasico after rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid put their differences aside to produce a fine spectacle on Sunday evening.
The two Spanish powers played out a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo accounting for all four goals, and the former Real Madrid manager has praised both teams for the attitude they showed in an encounter which has been littered with controversy in recent years.
Matches between Spain's two most decorated sides, which both feed an abundance of players to the national team, have become more famous for red cards and unsavoury incidents over the last few seasons, but the 61-year-old Del Bosque explained that the players helped set an example to the next generation of football supporters in the country.
"Not that long ago there was some behavior that left a lot to be desired, but (Sunday) the players were fantastic, and that must not be forgotten, because these are the values that are transmitted to young people," he explained as he collected the TELVA prize for science, arts and sport in Valencia. "The fact they set an example was great."
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