No specific anti-Sneijder plan, says Del Bosque

Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:35am GMT

By Iain Rogers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Spain have not prepared a specific plan to counter in-form Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder in Sunday's World Cup final, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Saturday.

Sneijder is joint-top scorer with Spain striker David Villa and Germany's Thomas Mueller in South Africa with five goals and his incisive distribution, ball-winning skills and long-range shooting have been a major reason for his team's successful run.

"We have faced other good players who play in that position," Del Bosque told a news conference at Soccer City.

"We have a very good midfield and they are very used to dealing with that kind of player," he added. "So no we don't have a specific plan to deal with Sneijder."

European champions Spain have had to battle some defensive-minded teams at the finals, enjoying long periods of possession but struggling at times to create chances.

Del Bosque said he did not expect the Dutch to switch to a more defensive style on Sunday, when both teams will be bidding for a first World Cup triumph.

"I don't believe Holland will change their approach simply because they are playing Spain," he said.

"They have a very well-defined style, as do we. I certainly don't think they will change the script.   Continued...

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