Del Bosque praises 'complete' Spain performance
By Football News
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was delighted that his side never allowed Belarus to settle in a 4-0 thrashing on Friday night.
An early goal from Jordi Alba set the world and European champions on their way to victory in their World Cup Group I qualification match in Minsk, with Pedro scoring a fine hat-trick in the win.
As often happens, Spain dominated possession during the game, and this control was something Del Bosque highlighted when speaking after the match.
"We played well and controlled the match," Del Bosque told the Spanish federation's official website.
"They (Belarus) could not play to our level, and never felt comfortable on the pitch.
"It was a good game, very complete. The players felt very comfortable from the beginning, linked well, played with depth, and recovered the ball well. The talent and quality of our players did the rest."
When asked about the performance of Pedro, Del Bosque said: "He's playing very well for his club. Pedro is fresh, dynamic, and has important offensive aggressiveness that breaks the mould slightly, and allows us to play on the front foot."
Sergio Ramos was substituted in the 70th minute for Raul Albiol, while David Silva also made way for Andres Iniesta in the second half, despite the Manchester City attacker enjoying a decent game.
"Sergio had a small knock, and though he did not have to come off, a change was preferable, though he wanted to keep playing," Del Bosque said when asked whether his side had any injury concerns ahead of next week's clash with France.
"Silva had a card and I wanted to distribute the playing time between Silva and Andres Iniesta."
Spain take on France on Tuesday night and Del Bosque was full of praise for their next opponents ahead of the match, despite Les Bleus suffering a shock 1-0 friendly loss to Japan on Friday.
"It will be a very difficult game because France have an extraordinary squad," he said.
"They have strength in depth in attack, and have very good players elsewhere who are calm but with physical power.
"It will be a difficult game."