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Strength In Depth Gives Spain Its Sheen

Vicente Del Bosque gloated about the richness of Spain’s football resources, after his new-look side dismissed South American champions Uruguay last night.

It was a polished display by the world and Euroepean champions, who were shorn of heavyweights like Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso due to injury.

But into the breach stepped debutants Isco, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mario Suarez, and La Furia Roja were still able to play with their customary eloquence and elan.

After the match, Del Bosque was impressed by the manner in which his new players comported themselves.

He believes Spain’s strength in depth stands them in good stead ahead their defence of the World Cup in Brazil next year.

"They are all players who are going to increase the quality of our squad, and they have adapted to the group very easily, with no problems at all," said Del Bosque of his debutants.

"They did what was asked of them, and they were showed the characteristics which made us call them up to the squad in the first place."  

At the end of the day however, it was a familiar face that stole the limelight.

Barcelona’s accomplished goal poacher, Pedro, scored the brace that gave Spain’s 3-1 win its sheen. And Del Bosque lavished praise on the understated forward, who has now scored nine goals in his last six outings for La Furia.

"He's a dynamic player, who knows exactly what he needs to do on the pitch, and he's got this incredible pace, which is vitally important in the modern game," Del Bosque said of Pedro.

"We played some good football for some moments in the game and in the first half we lacked a bit of attacking depth, but Pedro gave us some speed."

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