Whether he did it intentionally or not, knowing exactly how they will play out in the media at large, Vicente Del Bosque made some comments over the weekend regarding Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas, specifically about the Chelsea duo's place in future Spanish national team squads after they both missed out on the latest set of matches due to injury.
Since many perceived the comment as a threat -- and laughed or got angry, largely depending on personal opinion about the usefulness of the vast majority of international football games -- in the press conference before Tuesday's big ticket friendly against Germany, Del Bosque has seen fit to clarify them.
"I said that when a player comes in and plays well, the other that wants to get it will find it difficult. If I said that Diego Costa and Cesc could struggled to play, I'm not threatening them nor am I getting back at anyone, I'm simply saying what we all know happens in football. If one doesn't play and the sub is doing well, then the other has to do better to play. But nobody has been eliminated from the team."
-Vicente Del Bosque; source: Inside Spanish Football
Turns out VDB isn't a complete idiot and isn't willing to cut off his nose to spite his face.
Hurray! Back to being best friends forever, then?