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Oct, 11, 2010

Del Bosque expects ambitious Scotland

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says Spain are ready to face an overly- negative Scotland side if necessary on Tuesday, but he expects Craig Levein's men to show more ambition than they did in Friday's 1-0 defeat to Cezch Republic.

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Levein has been the subject of criticism in the Scottish press after adopting a 4-6-0 formation for the game in Prague, only to lose to a goal from Roman Hubnik after 69 minutes. Scotland failed to have a single shot on target.

As reigning world and European champions, Del Bosque's Spain represent even more formidable opponents but with the game taking place at Hampden Park, he feels Levein will adopt a more positive stance.

"I think we will see a more attacking Scotland," Del Bosque said. "They are at home, they are in front of their own fans and they will be driven forward by their own supporters.

"I think the tactics employed by the Czech Republic the other night, who had two very attacking midfielders who were getting forward at every opportunity, almost obliged them to play in that style. And so they only really attacked once they went behind.

"We will be very much prepared for whatever tactics Scotland adopt tomorrow night [Tuesday]. At club level, lots of our players come up against these types of tactics week after week.

"We will be looking at ways to combat it on counter-attacking and looking at ways to combat it from deadball situations. It's something all the players are used to and we will be making sure we are doubly prepared."

Asked if Spain would ever deploy such a formation, he added: "I don't want to give my opinion because if I did it would be like I was making a direct comment on the manager's tactics. That's a bit of a sneaky question."

Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish has also defended Levein's tactics in Prague, claiming that the country should be more aware of the side's realistic ambitions.

"It's okay afterwards to say we should have done this or done that," Dalglish said. "We did make it a little bit harder by not having someone up there we could have released it to. But, if we had played two up and got beat 4-0 and tried to be adventurous, he would still have been criticised.

"We've got to be realistic and appraise ourselves honestly. To go there and come that close was a good effort from everyone."

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