Alvaro: Luxury to play with Spain

Real Zaragoza’s Alvaro Gonzalez enthused at making his Spain Under-21 debut in yesterday’s win over the Netherlands, labelling it a ‘luxury’.

The 23-year-old was one of a number of faces to come into Julen Lopetegui’s starting line-up for Group B’s final game, which with La Rojita’s 3-0 win, ensured the Spanish top spot and a clean run without conceding in the competition continued.

“After winning the first two matches and getting through to the semi-finals, the goal was to finish first – and we did it,” Alvaro commented to UEFA’s official website afterwards.

“Doing so without conceding a goal is even better for our confidence.

“I very much enjoyed my debut because it is a luxury playing with teammates like these. I am very happy as my debut for the Under-21s is a reason to be proud.”

Goals from Alvaro Morata, Isco and Alvaro Vazquez ensured Spain top spot in the group and a semi-final against Group A runners-up Norway.

“The semi-final against Norway will be difficult. They have shown that they are a very physical and very powerful team.

“We need to prepare very well. We are playing great games and hopefully we can take one more step to reach the final, which is something we expect.

“We are a group, we get along well and I really don't feel like the oldest in the squad – that's important.”

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