After the Netherlands routed his team 2-0 during Tuesday’s friendly match, Spanish defender Gerard Pique said that they should still have their heads up high and not worry about the loss.
“The team’s attitude is positive,” Pique stressed. “We’ve been experimenting and have to keep improving.”
His stance was echoed by teammate Pedro. ‘The team is in good shape,’ the Spanish forward told reporters. ‘We have a very clear idea of our playing style and we are able to count on people who are gradually making a place for themselves in the team.’
When asked by reporters about his reaction on his team’s loss to the Dutch, the 28-year old defender said that he isn’t all that concerned with the outcome. “I don’t give any importance to this result,” Pique told reporters after the game. “We’ve lost friendlies and ended up winning titles.”
“We didn’t have a bad game. We paid for two early errors,” he further said.
The Netherlands streaked past Spain thanks to the two goals made by Stefan De Vnj and David Klassen. The Dutch’s win over Spain comes in as their second triumph, having handed the Spanish players a major 5-1 defeat during the group stage of last year’s World Cup.
Spanish team coach Vicente Del Bosque was also very optimistic depite the loss. However, the 64-year old mentor admitted that they let the game slip despite having control in the early minutes. “We took control of the game, we were all over them,” he said. “We reached their box [numerous times] but we lacked a goal.”
“It seemed impossible that we wouldn’t score. The first 20 minutes burdened us.”
Del Bosque added that he was nevertheless satisfied with the debut performances of Juanmi and Vitolo for the national team. “The two debutants gave good performances. Vitolo was very lively and Juanmi looked like scoring.”
The Spanish coach is also confident that he will be able to find the right mix of players for their Euro 2-16 match against Belarus on June 14.