Aragones sending out a weakened team against the Greeks to win

Society Materials 17 June 2008 22:51 (UTC +04:00)

Spain coach Luis Aragones confirmed what everyone already expected Tuesday by saying he will rest his key players in Wednesday's final Group D game against Greece in Salzburg, dpa reported.

Aragones said that with Spain already guaranteed to finish top of the group, it was only logical for him to rest as many of those players who took part in the victories over Russia and Sweden as possible.

"A coach has to be intelligent enough to know what to do when his team has already qualified," said the 69-year-old. "The players who have played need to rest."

Even though there is nothing riding on the game - Greece have already been eliminated - Aragones said he still expected his team to "show why they are here" in Austria and Switzerland.

"I play to win - all the time," he said.