Lopetegui: Albania a great team

Julen Lopetegui has warned Spain that Albania “are a great team” ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Spain’s trip to Albania has been marred by reports of poor playing conditions in Shkoder, but Lopetegui refused to be drawn on the issue as he preferred to focus on the importance of “giving the best account of ourselves” after four points from their first two games in Group G.

“We’ll try to create dangerous situations. Winning 13 corners against Italy was a good thing,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“We’re not going to make decisions on the XI for Albania until matchday. We played just 48 hours ago.

“I won’t talk much about the state of the pitch. The most important thing is when you start the game.

“I’m satisfied with our chances and finishing. We’ve scored nine goals in two matches.

“It’ll be a very competitive group. There are two years of games until the World Cup.

“Albania are a great team as they showed in the last European Championship, so we must give the best account of ourselves.”

La Roja’s only doubt going into the game is Sergi Roberto, who picked up a knock in training.

“Sergi Roberto’s a player who can play in different positions. He’s a midfielder who’s playing now and with continuity as a full-back,” Lopetegui added.

“He has some minor discomfort, so we have to see how it develops.”

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