Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes his side`s chances of winning an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship have been hampered by the decision to delay the end of the Spanish league season by a week.
A number of significant changes to the calendar were confirmed on Tuesday to accomodate Barcelona`s participation in the Club World Cup, which included moving the Copa del Rey final forward to May 7 and playing the final round of league fixtures on May 22.
All of Europe`s other major leagues will finish a week earlier with the Euros in France due to get underway on June 10.
"I have the feeling that nobody thinks about Spain, they don`t take into account the interests of the national team," Del Bosque was quoted as saying by Spanish sports daily AS.
"I am not the spokesman for the federation, but I am the national team coach and this issue affects me a lot, therefore I need to call it to attention. No one has asked my opinion, because I would have said so."
Spain lie second in their qualifying group for next year`s finals, three points adrift of Slovakia, who they face in Oviedo next month.