David Silva: 'Spain must learn how to lose'

Members of Spain's national team pose for the team photo prior to the Group B football match between Spain and Chile in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014
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Spain midfielder David Silva says that his side must "learn how to lose" following their group stage exit at the World Cup.

David Silva has said that Spain must "learn how to lose" following their disappointing World Cup campaign.

La Roja, who had previously won back-to-back European Championship titles, as well as FIFA's showpiece event in 2010, were eliminated from the tournament in the group stage having lost against the Netherlands and Chile.

"I think we have all made mistakes," the 28-year-old midfielder is quoted as saying by Goal.com. "There's not one guilty person here. Our rivals were better than us.

"We should not look for excuses. We have to learn how to lose as well. All domestic leagues have been following the same schedule. There's no winter break in England, while in Spain you a break for a week or so. That's not an excuse.

"It will be very hard for the team to travel back home with empty hands after all the success from the past few years."

Spain still have one more fixture to play before heading home with a match against Australia on Monday evening.

 Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the teams fifth goal with Wesley Sneijder during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014
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