Julen Lopetegui praises Spain after draw with World Cup holders GermanyMarch 24, 2018
Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s performance in Dusseldorf, after taking the defending World Cup champions Germany the distance in their 1-1 draw on Friday night.
Rodrigo opened the scoring for the visitors in the sixth minute before Thomas Muller levelled the scoreline 30 minutes later with a goal to remember.
Lopetegui has received praise in recent times for his team selections as he has veered towards players with smaller reputations who have been impressing for their domestic clubs.
Lopetegui’s unbeaten streak continues
Friday’s draw will only increase the plaudits as La Roja extend their unbeaten streak to 12.
The former Porto coach is starting to find a certain ethos amongst his squad, something he feels to be the reason behind their success.
“We’ve shown personality, and we were in control of the match at all times,” he told in his post-match press conference.
“The feeling is positive, we played against the best team in the world and did well.
“We wanted to dominate for the entire 90 minutes.”
Spain shine despite injuries
La Roja headed to Dusseldorf with a weakened side following a number of injuries and doubts, one being Thiago Alcantara who reportedly picked up a knock in Bayern Munich’s Champions League win over Besiktas last week, yet he recovered in time to feature.
“We had Busquets out, but Thiago stepped up and played really well after some time away,” he continued.
“There are lots of positives to take from the match, but we leave satisfied.
“The challenge was beautiful, our team has been able to compete and have shown ambition.”
Spain end Die Mannschaft’s winning run
Joachim Low’s Germany had won their last seven games prior to the draw and Lopetegui felt his team dealt with the problems their opposition posed well.
“Germany have strong players, who feel more comfortable in transitional play,” he admitted.
“This is why we opened the game up and looked to control the ball.
“When we lost control, they were able to run and be dangerous, but we had chances to win.”
Spain continue their World Cup preparations in Madrid on Tuesday when they host Argentina. They will face Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B when the tournament kicks off in June.