Del Bosque won't tinker
Experienced coach set to keep the faith
Last Updated: July 8, 2010 10:54pm
Del Bosque: Won't make big changes
Spain manager Vincent del Bosque says he will not be making major changes to his side for the World Cup final.
The European champions take on Holland on Sunday at Soccer City, with both sides having never won the biggest prize of all.
Del Bosque dropped Liverpool striker Fernando Torres for their 1-0 win over Germany in the semi-finals, replacing him with Pedro Rodriguez, who had a bright game.
Torres has looked out of sorts this summer as he has only recently shrugged off an injury sustained at the end of last season, although he did come off the bench against the Germans.
Del Bosque, who fielded the same starting 11 for Spain's opening three games in South Africa, does not think he will make many changes for the crunch clash with the Dutch.
"We've kept a certain block of players in these six games, so I don't think there will be many changes," he said.
Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid boss also hinted that Torres will feature in the final after playing down fears about the forward's fitness.
He added: "If he's played the first five games it's because we believe he is in good physical shape."
However, it remains to be seen if Torres will return to the Spain starting line-up, as Del Bosque was impressed with the performance of Pedro last time out.
He remarked: "We're very happy with Pedro's work. We wanted him to attack (defender Phillip) Lahm rather than defend."