Lopetegui reacts to Spain’s 8-0 win over Liechtenstein

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has told his side to keep on pushing as they edge closer to World Cup Qualification after beating Liechtenstein 8-0 on Tuesday evening.

Julen Lopetegui’s men travelled to Vaduz in good spirits after beating Italy 3-0 at the weekend and they now find themselves just a couple of wins away from qualifying for next summer’s tournament.

The emphatic victory sees Spain stay three points clear of Italy, who beat Israel 1-0 at home but the former Porto boss has told his side to be wary of any slip ups before the group games close.

“Being close is not worth anything,” he told reporters. “In October we have to make two big matches.

“In every game you draw conclusions or interesting information.”

Making four changes for Tuesday’s game in Vaduz, Lopetegui reverted to a back three of Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Nacho Monreal and he has discussed his pleasure at the squad for adapting to different formations and styles of play.

“It is not the first time we’ve have played this way, we have to find offensive solutions in certain games,” Lopetegui said.

“We have to manage two or three options, but without changing the style, because that’s what makes our players unique.”

Two goals from former Liverpool and now Celta Vigo forward, Iago Aspas, were a particular highlight and Lopetegui has been quick to discuss his pleasure at the performance

 

“It’s good that players like him are scoring, gaining confidence and feeling that they’ve had their chance.

“I wish more could’ve played. Those who have been with us for these 10 days and haven’t played have still helped us a lot, and I want to highlight them as part of this group. I stand by the attitude of these players.”

Next up for La Roja is a home game against Albania on October 6.

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