Del Bosque: “I have a lot of hope placed in Koke”

AtléticoFans spoke to the Spain manager & to Rojiblanco legend Torres in Miami

Vicente Del Bosque

Del Bosque stares into AtléticoFans’ eyes

The Spanish national team currently find themselves in Miami, where they will face off against Haiti’s senior side in a Confederations Cup preparation friendly on Saturday.

Friday’s training session was moved indoors due to very severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Andrea, which didn’t exactly result in the type of conditions the reigning World Champions probably expected when they agreed to take part in a match in Florida.

Spain practised inside the NFL’s Miami Dolphins’ ‘Bubble’ training facility, built to withstand hurricane force winds.

After having attended the training session, AtléticoFans participated in Vicente del Bosque’s press conference and asked the Roja boss if he had considered any Atleti players (we made sure to remind Del Bosque that our men recently lifted the Copa del Rey trophy) for his last call-up.

“We haven’t picked any Atlético Madrid player, but we don’t look to what club a player comes from, although we have an Atleti player on the U-21 side that we have placed a lot of hope in: Koke,” he said.

“The rest, well, it’s a competition between them and the respective players that are here.”

Del Bosque continued: “I don’t want to justify anything, but [Atleti] have a lot of foreign players; but there are five or six: Adrián, Mario, Koke, Gabi, Juanfran…these are the players that could be with us at this moment, but taking into account what we have ahead, we didn’t consider bringing any of them.”

Torres “very happy” about Copa del Rey win

AtléticoFans also spoke to club icon Fernando Torres, who gave us his impression of the Copa del Rey victory over Real Madrid on the 17th of May.

“I watched [the final] and followed it,” ‘El Niño’ told us.

“It was a great game between two big teams and I was happy about my ex-teammates’ victory. I played for the team for many years.

“It was a good game and after so many years of not being able to win, it was achieved and I think that all of us Atléticos are very happy about it.”

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  • ali_

    great job martin!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Señor Del Bosque is right, Atleti have many foreign players, there are only 3 players he could be called for La Roja : Juanfran, Mario & Koke .. Koke is now with U-21 team for Euro then world cup, but Juanfran & Mario deserved a chance, especially Juanfran

    but anyway, I don’t see this a bad thing .. in fact it’s a good thing, as we didn’t have a strong bench there are 14 players who played more than 50 games this season (13 without Falcao) and they need and deserve some rest

    about Koke : I believe in 5 years Koke & Oliver will replace Xavi & Iniesta in Spain national team, but the important question is : will they be still at Atleti ?!
    I hope the answer is yes.

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  • kris

    Great work, Martin.

  • Sancredo

    Great job! I look forward to watching Koke on the team in the future. Something tells me he may be a contender for the 2014 world cup!