Spain, “in good shape” after its inaugural festival against Costa Rica (7-0), approaches “confidently” the clash against Germany on Sunday, Spanish striker Marco Asensio said Thursday.
“We are in good shape, we have clear ideas“, declared the winger of Real Madrid in a press conference, the next day La Roja’s successful debutcoach Luis Enrique. “What characterizes us best is that we are a team. We’re all pulling in the same direction“, he added.
The Spaniards took part in a short recovery session on Thursday at their base camp at Qatar University, the day after their victory over the Costa Ricans, the biggest in the history of La Roja in the World Cup. “This World Cup is hotly contested, football is more and more balanced“Nevertheless warned Asensio, calling to avoid any excess of confidence.
“Yesterday’s match (Wednesday) confirms to us that we must continue on this path, playing like this. This allows us to be very confident for the future, hoping to continue like this. But we are not going to be too confident because the coach (Luis Enrique) is not going to allow us“, he argued. Germany, despite their surprise defeat against Japan on Wednesday (2-1), remains a formidable team, notes Asensio. “It’s a solid selection with great players. We know we are going to face a very complicated match because they play good football, they will push us to our limits“, he continued. But “we want to win and make sure we are in eighths“, he asserted, wishing to avoid having to play a last decisive match against Japan in this very tough Pool E.
Spain will enjoy a rest day on Friday before resuming training on Saturday, on the eve of the clash against Germany. If successful, La Roja will be almost qualified for the next round and the Nationalmannschaft practically eliminated.