Monday, November 29, 1999

Coach says Spain`s loss to Switzerland not a good omen

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London, June 17 (ANI): Coach Vicente del Bosque has said that Spain's one-nil loss to Switzerland on Wednesday is not a good omen for the team, but has vowed to claw back into World Cup title contention, even though history is against them."It's not a good omen and it's not a good sign we have given to the rest of the teams and the football world. But we have to face the next games and try to win. That should be our spirit and that's our future. In football you have to do things in timely fashion," The Sun quoted del Bosque, as saying."Nobody has said we are favourites in my team, we are only talking about getting through to the next round. Today (Wednesday), we are upset but it has to make us determined for the next game," he added."Nobody has spoken of the final or of being champions. That's not football and that's not the reality of this sport," he said.Spain face Honduras in a must-win Group H game in Johannesburg on Monday and then meet Chile in another crunch clash four days later.The European champs are not used to losing - this was only their second defeat in 49 games.But Del Bosque added: "You can always lose in football, naturally, but I have a certain determination to turn it around." (ANI)

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