Lopetegui: Spain deserved more

Julen Lopetegui believes Spain “were able to score many more” goals against Israel after Friday’s 4-1 win at El Molinon.

Spain remained top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group courtesy after a dominant performance to brush aside Israel, and Lopetegui was especially impressed with his side’s “intensity” on the ball and the support they were shown in Gijon.

“El Molinon? I’d like all our stadiums to be bursting [with life],” the Coach said after the game.

“It creates more of an atmosphere. We must thank the fans who came because they didn’t stop supporting us.

“I liked the intensity in our movement of the ball. At 3-0 up, we played less collectively, but overall it was a good match from us.

“We stuck with our mentality. We scored four, but we were able to score many more. I’ll stick with the collective, it’s the way forward.

“There’s no other way to compete at the highest level. Our objective is to get three points in each match. Before Italy comes the game against Macedonia, so we can’t think about Italy yet.

“Israel are a good team and we overcame them because we did things well, not because Israel were poor.

“Thiago? He had a little knock and that’s why we decided to change him at half-time.

“Iniesta hasn’t been playing much, so we thought it was a good time for Isco to come on.”

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