Russia: 'A big team in all senses' — Spain look ahead to Portugal WC showdown

Spanish Head Coach Julen Lopetegui and players Thiago Alcantara and Cesar Azpilicueta held a press conference in Krasnodar on Friday, ahead of their last pre-World Cup friendly against Tunisia on Saturday. Lopetegui spoke about the first World Cup game of the Spanish team, which will be against Portugal on June 15. “I think it’s a big team in all senses, and we will have to play magnificently in... Еще order to face them. We have no doubt about their capacity and strength in the players of Portugal,» he said. The Spanish coach was asked about the World Cup facilities, which he described as “fantastic, spectacular; they leave no room for excuses.” Lopetegui also affirmed that Sergio Busquets should be able to play in Saturday's game since “he is recovered” and that Dani Carvajal is still recovering, but he will “make it for sure” to the World Cup.» This is the first World Cup that will integrate the video assistant referee (VAR), which Thiago said is “a help for referees, for the essence of the game, because it can clear up everything, it can justify everything, and, especially, it can make it fairer.” For his part, Azpilicueta said that, at this point, the most important thing to face the upcoming Word Cup is to “go step by step.»

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