Vicente Del Bosque is offended to hear the media stories he calls misleading. But, he must ask himself who is giving the media the content to report what they are reporting?
If a certain player is not playing and he comes and says ‘I wouldn’t have wanted this visit only for the sake of it’, is it selfless or is it a showing of how united the side is?
If the skipper of the side who normally is a fine penalty taker pushes on himself to take another one and fails and then, a veteran player passes the statement that he was willing for the shot too and it’s only for his colleague’s insistence that he left it to him, is it again a showing of the unity?
Team spirit is not limited to just being on the pitch together. It also means shielding one another and finding joy in the glorifying moments of the others.
What if you are not playing? The others are playing with the same goal which you would have played with and that is to win for Spain. What if you were asked by your skipper to leave it to him to deal with a penalty and it remained unconverted? It could have been the case with you too.
Frustration is one thing. You can let it off on the pitch. You can even shout on your team-mates. Even that to a degree comes down to the heat of the minute, but, to speak in a complaining tone to the media, what do you suppose them to make out of it?
Before smashing the press, Del Bosque must teach his otherwise sensible players to weigh on the words which they let go off their mouth in public.