Asked to explain why Alba had twice found himself in such an advanced area,
Del Bosque gave an answer that brought to mind the positional fluidity of the great Netherlands team that thrilled neutral observers at the 1974 FIFA World Cup™.
"When a system is functioning well, whenever you have a favourable situation, Jordi Alba, for instance, can move up to an attacking position without losing the balance in the team," he said.
"We're suddenly able to score. This is the football we like: we're all defenders, we're all midfielders, we're all attackers."