Pedro: We will stick to style

Pedro Rodriguez has reflected on the challenge of facing France and determined that Spain will likely stick to their playing style.

La Roja dropped points for the second time at home during the World Cup qualifying campaign at the end of last week with a 1-1 result in Gijon against Finland.

“Perhaps, when a team has two lines of players close together near the area, it is very difficult, we experience it almost every week,” reflected Pedro to reporters today.

“Vicente del Bosque tried the other day getting the ball to Negredo, a player strong in the air. But it was complicated, we were central and shooting from outside the area and it was not possible.

“These games are always difficult. There is no other choice, it is very difficult to look for space when up against a team that is that defensive.

“Should we play with a No 9 or false 9? It depends on how the game is. Each player brings different things.

“With a fixed forward you can look for more crosses into the box. With a false 9 you can look for control over the midfield.

“The match against France will be difficult and complicated by the level that the French have, but we will try to play our game.”

Pedro was asked if the team did not have enough creative spark from individuals.

“Against Finland, in the second half, there were many options to look for and find on the pitch, not only Iniesta, but always the teammate who was in the best position.

“In some games we have looked more imbalanced than in others. Yes we were not great, but Finland were well placed and their players performed well.”

Xavi Hernandez is in contention to feature having joined the main group over the weekend in training.

“Xavi? He’s been taking care and training separately. He has also trained with us at a good pace.

“He is a very important player and will surely be available against France. He is important in the midfield and hopefully he can play.”

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