Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque cuts to many people's eyes a lugubrious presence on the touchline but former Spanish and Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes says that there is much more to him than that.
"A great coach for me must first be an intelligent man and if there is an intelligent man in Spanish football it is for sure Del Bosque," he was quoted as saying.
"Del Bosque is a superb technician who has continued to take the team forward in small steps while still respecting each individual player's character down to the last."
"From what I glean everything within the Spanish camp is going swimmingly," said Morientes, who played in two World Cups and one Euro.
Spanish headcoach Vicente Del Bosque heads the ball during a training session at the Donbass Arena stadium in Donetsk on June 22, 2012 on the eve of their quarter-final match against France during the Euro 2012 football championships. AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE -PHILIPPE MARCOU