‘Spain could have scored more’

Julen Lopetegui was delighted with Spain’s 4-0 win over Albania on Monday night, but reflected that the score-line could have been greater.

Two goals either side of half-time from Iker Muniain set the ball rolling, before Alvaro Morata and substitute Jese Rodriguez each netted in the European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Logrono.

“In the first half Albania has been very strong physically and tactically,” surmised Lopetegui after the game, which followed up last Thursday’s 6-2 victory in Austria.

“We have had the good sense to score in that first half. In the second, we have had more chances, but it was due to the work of the first half.

“There has been good work with the ball, with range, and we have managed to produce a good performance.

“We scored four but it could have been many more. The important thing is the work and the chances created.

“We are satisfied, but we must think now about what comes next month [qualifiers at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary].”

Ruben Pardo started the game in Spain’s midfield.

“He managed to play a good game, but in the first half, like everyone, it had cost him. Then, he was looser.

“He came to us having not played much for La Real and that is also noticeable.”

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