Lopetegui calls for belief

Spain Coach Julen Lopetegui has called for his players to believe in themselves as they prepare to face Belgium.

Thursday’s friendly in Brussels will be the former Porto boss’ first match in charge of La Roja, while his competitive debut will come on Monday against Liechtenstein in World Cup qualifying.

“It is about believing in what this group has to offer and organising ourselves to do it,” Lopetegui told journalists at a Press conference on Wednesday. “We have a clear idea around which to build.

“We are comfortable with the ball, but that doesn’t mean we won’t press, we’re not organised and we don’t challenge for the second ball.

“It is a precious match in a great setting. They are a team of a very high level. That makes us more excited. They have a lot of good players, but so do we.”

50-year-old Lopetegui was also expressed his admiration of Belgium Coach and fellow Spaniard Roberto Martinez.

“First he is my friend. He has my admiration for the career he has had in England.”

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