Jorge Vilda: “It is a very valid test for the World Cup”


The women’s national soccer coach, Jorge Vilda, described Thursday’s 4-2 defeat against Norway as a “very valid test” ahead of the World Cup this summer, a rival of level and that in fact could be found at that appointed date.

“It is more due to the merit of Spain than to the demerit of Norway. They had their plan, they close well and make quick transitions. We have understood the plan perfectly, we have known how to neutralize them, we have generated many chances. We have scored four goals and they have given us annulled two that were valid. There are things to improve, his goals have been mistakes,” he said at a press conference.

Vilda highlighted a great performance of hers in Can Misses, with doubles from Salma Paralluelo and Jenifer Hermoso, as well as the debut of Asun and Jana Fernàndez. “It is a very valid test for the World Cup. It is a rival that is going to compete in Group A, which at any given moment you can come across. The team has been very good, with two debuts. Some things to improve but to prepare and think about China,” he said.

The national coach praised his team, before the duel on Tuesday again in China, the last one before the final list for the World Cup, although he regretted the goals conceded. “The score of the match is a remarkable high, the team has been good. It would have been outstanding if we had left a clean sheet, which is always an objective, but we dominated, we had possession, we circulated the ball well, found the goal , game by bands, good crosses, good auctions”, affirmed.

“Jenifer continues to be at a high level. The best Jeni is yet to come, but she offers her extra quality and is also involved in defense. With her experience today she has made us enjoy. The team’s reaction has been very good, they make you the goal and in the next one you take the lead. If you make a mistake at some point they can score a goal for you. In the World Cup we will have rivals like these or with faster players. This helps us learn that if we dominate a game so much that we don’t score two goals,” he added.

“The players come from their clubs very well worked. Coordination work is key. We know the importance of working in the same line, of pursuing national team and club objectives. We have gained speed at the back. Now comes the last stretch of the season, the players have to be at their peak of form. We want to get to the best conditions for the World Cup”, he settled.