‘It wasn’t easy’ admits Lopetegui

Spain Under-21 boss Julen Lopetegui admitted it had not been easy as his side battled back from a goal down to beat Bosnia 3-2.

Strikes from Sergi Roberto, Saul Niguez and Alvaro Morata ensured La Rojita maintained their perfect start to European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4, but not before captain Srdjan Grahovac had silenced the 23,895 crowd at Murcia’s Nueva Condomina Stadium and Mario Kvesic had scored late on for the visitors.

“There is nothing easy in football, even less so at professional level, and we had to work hard to turn the scoreline around and get three important points,” admitted Lopetegui post-match.

“When we were ahead I still had a bad feeling, although it was better we got in front and claimed the points in relation to qualifying for the European Championships.

“Now we can start to think about Monday’s match at Cartagena against Hungary, a team that has also won all of their games in this group and one that will be difficult to overcome.

“They beat Bosnia and are a side that has some very good players. This group is very well balanced and everybody can beat everybody else so in every game we must work as if it is the last.”

Lopetegui was asked if Morata’s goal strengthened his case to be included in Real Madrid’s starting line-up.

“We are with the Under-21 team and nothing else interests me,” he countered. 

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