Lopetegui: Macedonia will push Spain

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui insists FYR Macedonia “will force us to reach our limits” ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Skopje.

Spain thrashed Macedonia 4-0 in November’s first qualifier between the two nations, but Lopetegui made it clear the return trip would be an important game, given La Roja will consolidate top spot in Group G with three more points.

“What matters is our effort, the pitch is what it is. We’re only focused on what’s under our control,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“Macedonia? We expect a game different to the one in Granada. They’re very clear on how to attack and defend.

“They deserved to beat Italy, but we’re only concerned about our own game.

“We really want to start the game now. The players are charged up to the fullest.

“It’s too powerful an objective to think of anything other than this match.

“Not an important game? I’m not worried about what’s being said.

“I’m delighted with the commitment of the players and the level they’ve showed in every game so far, and Macedonia will demand the maximum of us.

“It’ll be very demanding game and they’ll force us to reach our limits. Our focus is on having a great game.

“Players with the uncertain future and the World Cup? It’s normal that at this point, these situations appear. Everyone that’s here have a team, Spain.

“If anyone asked me for some clear advice, I’d give it to them, but they’re all well advised.

“Costa and Morata? I won’t give an opinion on that. They’re two players of the Spanish national team.”

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