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Spain on course for semifinals, believes Del Bosque
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Spain on course for semifinals, believes Del Bosque
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says his men "are not anxious at all" heading into their World Cup qualifying Group I match against France on Tuesday.

Following 1-1 draws against Didier Deschamps' men and Finland, doubts have emerged on whether the reigning world and European champion still has what it takes to retain the top position in world football. Del Bosque is adamant that the dropped points and surprising results have had no effect on the team's composure.

"We are not anxious at all," Del Bosque told reporters on a press conference on Monday. "It is logical to reflect after what has happened in our last two games. Despite dominating completely we couldn't score more than once, so it is understandable that people will have doubts.

"But we must not get nervous, we must stay calm, open up the pitch and use the width. We do need to find solutions, but this will be a much more open game."

Del Bosque turned his focusing to Tuesday night's opponent, praising France, which played Spain to a 1-1 draw in their earlier group meeting.

"France have players with pace and the ambition to play football," Del Bosque said. "There are talented players such as [Karim] Benzema, [Franck] Ribery, [Yohan] Cabaye, [Mathieu] Valbuena.

"When the draw was made we knew France would be very difficult opponents for us. They have quality, experience and know how to play games like these."

Currently sitting second, Spain will have the chance to claim Les Bleus' first place in the group when they face off at Stade de France. Conversely, France can open up a five-point lead if it can defeat Spain in Paris.

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