Navas: We had to win

Jesus Navas revealed that the group’s ‘tranquillity and confidence’ was with him in scoring the decisive penalty for Spain against Italy.

The new Manchester City signing stepped up to score La Roja’s winning seventh spot-kick, on from Leonardo Bonucci’s missed effort for the Azzurri, to book the Spanish in Sunday’s Confederations Cup Final against Brazil. 

“We are very happy, we have worked very much until the end,” Navas, a second half substitute reflected.

“I was eager to try and play and score, even if in the penalty shootout and that is how it has happened.

“What was I thinking with the penalty? I was calm, this group transmits tranquillity, confidence. The penalties are part of the game, it is something that we work on in training.

“We had to win. We knew Italy would be a tough opponent, it would be different. T

“They have been firmly planted, but we have not lost face at any moment. We have learned to push until the very end and we have succeeded on penalties.

“With a penalty there can be no doubt, you have to be clear about what you will do.

“The final is what we have all been looking towards since we got here. We have earned it and will enjoy it against Brazil, and we will try to take the Cup.”

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