MADRID, 25 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The national soccer coach, Luis de la Fuente, confessed that “since the victory”, in his debut this Saturday with a 3-0 win over Norway, he “works better”, three points to start the qualifying phase on the right foot for Euro 2024 and a victory that gives foundation and confidence to his new project.
“We must continue to grow. I am very happy, in four days we have begun to see how we use mechanisms. Situations that we are working on are beginning to be seen. This team can give much more, we will improve in all aspects,” he said at a press conference .
At La Rosaleda, the hero was Joselu who, in three minutes of debut, signed two goals almost without respite to leave the rout. “It’s important to have very good players. I’m lucky. I celebrate Joselu’s debut very much, it’s his merit. He has fantastic confidence and I also celebrate him for being able to have him and that he comes out with that concentration for the minutes he’s had,” he said.
“I try to get the most out of the players. The attitude with which the footballer comes out is very important.
I don’t know if it’s plan B, C or whatever. The substitutions are for that, so that they contribute something that the team is missing. It is a virtue that they are able to give it a different touch, read the game and contribute,” he added.
The coach from Rioja thus recognized the good result of the changes, as well as Yeremi and Oyarzabal were “determinants” or a Dani Ceballos who opened the midfield. “It’s getting performance out of a squad. Each one has its characteristics. A very versatile squad,” he insisted.
“We have been working together for four days. You have to win the results. You have to give value to any type of victory. In this case against a very tough opponent. We have been understanding the game, from less to more, with the feeling of a team that we have given,” he said.
On the other hand, De la Fuente acknowledged that it was not a brilliant game but the victory helps to work calmly, already thinking about the duel against Scotland on Tuesday. “Since the victory one recovers better, one works better and things are corrected in a better way. I am very calm, I know that I am not going to make a mistake with these players,” he commented.
“It has been very difficult for us to generate play in the first half. We wanted to play between the lines, with Aspas, but then there is a team in front that counteracts everything. In the second half it has gone well with other characteristics. I am very happy, I have felt like a rookie. We can achieve great successes. It was not a sublime match, but well played and it gives us peace of mind to continue working in the future”, he added.
In addition, the coach of the ‘Red’ pointed out that if Norway complains about the absence of Haaland, he can also regret casualties. “Haaland is a great footballer, I don’t know what would have happened. We knew that Norway was going to have its opportunities. Football has those times, I could also remember Pedri, Gerard or Bryan Gil”, he finished.