The Spanish national team’s manager explained his reasons to select the Sevilla man ahead of Roberto Soldado and Adrian Lopez of Valencia and Atletico Madrid fame, respectively.
Vicente Del Bosque took out time to explain his squad selection, especially the inclusion of Alvaro Negredo at the expense of Roberto Soldado and Adrian Lopez.
The 61-year-old tactician revealed that the Sevilla hitman was given the nod ahead of representative from Atletico Madrid and Valencia as he is most suitable to their strategy and tactics.
Del Bosque played down comments that Negredo was included in 23 man list because of being the sole left-footed attacker from the available options, while also explaining the decision to omit Soldado.
The former Real Madrid tactician reckoned that Soldado resembles Fernando Torres in the manner he plays and added that it would have been useless to take two strikers with the same skill set.
Continuing on the subject, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winning coach remarked that Negredo adds more towards the team dynamics with his ability to hold up play and aerial presence.
"Negredo is not going because he is left-footed. Going because we had to make a decision and this was a difficult decision. We believe that in our interests Negredo is best but maybe we're wrong," he said.
"Soldiers often at the limit of offside, uses his speed and his style resembles that of Torres. Negredo is associated more on the team, has more presence in the air. Both are very powerful and fast. On number of goals beyond their numbers and averages this
season are similar, "he acknowledged.
Responding to questions about the players who were discarded from the provisional list of 30 players, Del Bosque stated that more explanations are not going to help anyone and the players who made it this far should be proud of their efforts.
The UEFA Champions League winning manager did not forget Carles Puyol and David Villa, claiming that had the Barcelona duo been in perfect physical condition they would have been part of the squad travelling to the Balkan nations with the rest of their peers.