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Del Bosque cautious over Spain group

23 February 2014 14:51

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has warned against complacency during his country's UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Winners of the last two European Championships, Spain will be expected to make light work of a qualifying group featuring Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg.

However, Del Bosque does not anticipate the other teams making life straightforward for his side.

Speaking after Sunday's draw in Nice, the 63-year-old said: "It's not as easy a group as it might appear to some.

"We are facing emerging teams who are young and strong.

"The cold conditions could play a role in the group because many of the trips will be to teams from the east."

Having been drawn alongside Ukraine, Spain face a trip to the scene of their Euro 2012 triumph.

"Ukraine may be the most dangerous of our opponents. We will go game by game and not underestimate any of our opponents," added Del Bosque.

"The journeys will be long and our rivals will make things uncomfortable. Here's hoping that when we play away against Ukraine, it will be a like party again, just as it was when we won the title in Kiev in 2012. They are unforgettable memories."

Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko, who was not able to attend the draw due to illness, said: "Of course, Spain are clear favourites in Group C; they're not only world and European champions but also world football leaders.

"Also we have clear underdogs in our group as well. All other teams are more or less equal, but that doesn't mean we can have a different approach for those matches. We should be fully motivated for every opponent.

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