Spain continue rebuilding process
Spain continued their rebuilding process in a poor fashion after losing 1-0 to France in a friendly match. Despite this disappointing result, manager Vicente del Bosque stated that he could take a lot of positives. The former Real Madrid coach was expected to depart his role as the Spain was after a disastrous World Cup 2014 in which they were knocked out in the group stages straight coming in to defend the title. Del Bosque, however, was persuaded to stay on by the Spanish football Federation and the players. Some players were given their debuts in the friendly, but the result continued to be disappointing.
Manchester United keeper David de Gea, has been in outstanding form over the last 12 months, started only his second match at international level, as Del Bosque looks for alternatives to the out of form Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid captain also does not have a long time left at the top and his performances in the World Cup also came under a lot of criticism. The Chelsea striker Loic Remy scored the only goal of one game in the 73rd minute. Spain did not create much opportunities during the 90 minutes and had only two shots on target. Diego Costa, who has been impressive for Chelsea, was once again disappointing.
“There was a good attitude from everyone. We moved the ball well and there were plenty of positives to take with lots of new faces. It was an even game. They had quicker transitions, but we controlled the game more. We need more matches but we will improve and in general I think we showed we are a good team. We didn`t take what chances we had but the connection with Diego Costa was better. We need to link up well with him,” said Del Bosque.