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Spain Reacts to the End of an Era
Guardian, June 19th, 2014 11:17AM

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TAGS:  chile, netherlands, spain, world cup 2014

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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque remarked that he will have plenty of time to think about the future after the defending champ crashed out of the World Cup after just two matches on Wednesday, following up a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands last Friday with a 2-0 loss to Chile on Wednesday. The twin losses marked the first time a defending World Cup champ has lost its opening two matches, although Spain joined both Italy and France in failing to progress from the first round after winning the previous tournament.

“I don’t want to reflect immediately,” Del Bosque said following Wednesday’s loss to the South Americans. “We need to have time to think about it. When something negative like this happens at a World Cup it always has consequences but I don’t want to get into the analysis yet,” he said. “There’s a long time to think about it, to reflect and to take decisions. We have to do so calmly and the federation is strong and solid, so the right decision will be made. And that applies to me too.” He added: “Holland and Chile were better than us.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Xabi Alonso admitted that the early exit most likely marked the end of an era for Spain. "Things are going to change. Eras end with defeats... and this was a painful defeat,” he said. “It's a completely unexpected failure but that is sport. These things happen. It was unexpected but we have to take the great sadnesses in the same way as we take the great joys, as men.” The Real Madrid player added: “I believe that we haven't been able to maintain the same levels of conviction, of hunger. The success, the happiness of before is gone, it's run out and we haven't been able to keep it going.”

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