Qatar World Cup ‘We can play one-on-one with anyone’


After the intense duel with Germany, the Spanish players regret the possibility of closing the pass to the second round and keeping their confidence “intact”

After the defeat to Costa Rica, the draw against Germany came when it looked like Spain’s second win was on track. And that left a certain bitter residue with the La Roja players, who radiate ambition. Good symptom. “We are a bit angry about the draw,” repeated Rodri, who again played centre-back. The goal of the German equalizer hurt him. “Inevitable? Well, it’s because of our loss,” he noted. Still, Luis Enrique’s footballers keep “confidence intact” in their abilities. They are group leaders and on their own. “We are a great team. playing one-on-one with everyone”, encouraged Jordi Alba, who threw the pass that led to Morata’s goal.

Germany is regularly a victim of the Spanish team. Since 1988, the German team has not won an official game against La Roja. Among those memories, the Euro 2008 final stands out, with that Fernando Torres goal that sealed Spain’s title and ushered in its golden age. This time, in Qatar, the German team almost risked their lives. Due to a defeat, he was practically out of the tournament. With that pressure and with gritted teeth they came out. “It’s the level of the World Cup. They pushed us and demanded a lot,” said Carvajal, who made his debut in this edition of the tournament.

Germany has indeed planted a train wreck, supported by its physical strength. “We wanted to play, but the Germans covered man to man. And they force you to play like that,” Rodri described. “He’s a rival who imposes those individual duels on you. Anyway, that’s what awaits us in this World Cup against the big teams,” added the Manchester City player who took a lesson from this draw: “This game will do us good for the rest of the championship.”

It was immediately noticeable that there were two high-level candidates on the field. Germany put the figure together well and covered the side cracks. Spain, with Pedri’s telescopic sight and Dani Olmo’s incursions, aimlessly tried to break through the German approach. During the first half, the game was level. Two weight fighters. In the second part, Morata came out and gave Spain the lead. The Atlético striker explained the goal as follows: “It was an internship for Jordi Alba. I knew that Jordi was going to put the ball there in front of me and that I had to hit it first to surprise. did.

Germany was hit there. “Yes,” Alba remarked. We let them shake for ten minutes. But it’s not easy. It’s a good team, with quality.” According to Carvajal, Spain lacked “some patience” at that stage of the clash. “Well, now it’s time to correct mistakes,” he added. Lesson learned against Germany. “We – continued the Real Madrid side – we played this and today (yesterday) it touched tails”.

Japan is the next opponent in the third group game. Spain is worth one point. You can even qualify despite a defeat. No one in the team thinks about that second path to the round of 16. “For Germany, we were close to getting the three points and we were already in the round of 16. It’s the line to follow,” said Alba. From the other band, Carvajal joined that speech: “We’re going out to to win, as always, and to be first in the group. We have that confidence.” At that time, he conjured with all his companions. «The ‘mister’ knows he can trust the 26 players. We are all connected,” he said.

Source: La Verdad


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