Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admits his "drained" side face a disadvantage in their Euro 2012 semi-final with Portugal (7/2 to win the match) on Wednesday night. Xabi Alonso's double earned Spain a comfortable win over France on Saturday to set up a last-four meeting with their neighbours while Portugal had already booked their place by beating Czech Republic 1-0 two days earlier.
The Spain (2/5 to qualify for the final) coach said "We have two fewer days to rest than them. It is a small handicap. I am thinking about this problem. We have arrived very drained because the heat we suffered tonight was cruel on the players."
Del Bosque, who again lined up without a recognised striker, praised his defence as Spain (20/21 to win the match) kept an 11th clean sheet in their last 14 games at a major tournament and France managed just one shot on target in the whole game.
He added "The truth is we did well and controlled the game. Iker Casillas hardly had anything to do and that speaks of the good defensive performance of the team. If our defenders are good then we will be closer to winning the tournament because we will always create a chance."
Two goal hero Alonso believes that his club team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo (6/1 First Goal Scorer) is likely to pose the biggest threat to Spain reaching another final, with the Portugal forward scoring three times in his last two appearances.
Real Madrid midfielder Alonso (14/1 First Goal Scorer) said "At this stage all the games are difficult and we know Cristiano perfectly. We have to concentrate on ourselves and try to play a game like today or even better."