Tuesday, December 5, 2023

De la Fuente: “Balde and Nico Williams will not travel to Norway. They will stay in Spain”

The Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente appeared in the press room satisfied after the “complicated” victory against Scotland in La Cartuja. The player from Haro began “by thanking the fans for their reception and support. The game went as planned. We did an intense job of attrition so that in the second there would be liveliness and we could take advantage of the work of our teammates. This victory has was a result of the work that has been done throughout the meeting”.

Blade and Nico go home

The coach confirmed that “Balde had discomfort in his pubis and we have changed him because of that. He will not travel to Norway and Pedraza, a Villarreal player, will replace him. And with Nico Williams we are not going to risk it.” De la Fuente praised his team’s defensive work and spoke about the disallowed goal: “We know that Scotland is very strong from set pieces and long throw-ins because they were very solvent in those actions, but with players of 1.96 it is difficult to mark them. “The goal was offside, but we knew it was going to be difficult and I think that even if the goal had been worth it, we would have continued working well.”

For the coach: “Anything that involves gaining time to work allows us to facilitate automatisms in the team. It is very positive to the extent that these concepts become more solid. We may be more or less correct but there is an idea. I think the circulation is fluid, and in defense I think the pressure after a loss has been spectacular in the first half. “In that we are the best in the world and that is a credit to the players.”

And regarding Bryan Zaragoza’s debut, he pointed out: “We appreciated that it could be a match like this and we proposed that Bryan and Ansu enter because they have spark and initiative. We were looking for precisely that and in his debut he was very good, very serene. I have recognized him as the player he is in his club and I am happy for him, for the debutants and for the teammates who have helped make this debut easier.


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