Spain must improve, says Del Bosque

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The coach was disappointed with his side’s second-half performance and revealed that Jordi Alba will be sent back to Barcelona with an injury.

Vicente del Bosque says Spain has to improve after it let Ukraine “control the game” during their 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over the Eastern Europeans on Friday.

Alvaro Morata’s first-half goal was enough to secure the points for the defending European champions, who are now three ahead of their opponents but remain three behind Group C leader Slovakia.

Del Bosque was disappointed in his men’s second-half performance and hopes to see better from them in the future.

“We played well in the first half and created chances but we struggled to put them away,” he told reporters. “Later, in the second half we brought on Juanfran and [Santi] Cazorla but still found it hard to score.

“We dropped in intensity and allowed them to control the game. Our second-half performance left a bad taste in the mouth. We’ve got to start improving.”

The coach was full of praise for Morata, who scored his first Spain goal to win the game.

“He did what he was asked to do and scored,” he said. “That’s why we he’s in the side. He made the most of a good pass from Koke and took his goal well.

“With more players up front we would have created more chances. We decided to make changes, despite the fact that he’s tall and can defend himself. We wanted more movement because Morata was starting to tire.”

Jordi Alba was taken off late in the game with an injury and the coach has revealed that the left back will return to Barcelona.

“Our medical team has been in touch with Barca’s doctors,” he said. “He will leave the Spain camp and go back to Barcelona tomorrow to see what the problem is.

“It’s a muscular injury but we’ll need to see the results of the tests. That’s all I know.”

Source: Goal