Gerard Pique believes Spain qualified from Euro 2016’s first round after winning two games because the team does more work on defense, this he says, is the only key to their chance of winning the European Cup back-to-back.
Image: Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring against the Czechs.
Tonight, Spain will play Croatia in Bordeaux, and Pique is hoping the team will do a lot more in making sure they keep a clean sheet.
Previous Group D matches against Czech Republic and Turkey ended 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.
“It’s obvious we are a very attacking team but we also have a very organised structure behind, with players such as [Sergio] Ramos and [Sergio] Busquets, as well as the goalkeepers,” he told a Press conference.
“Before we had Iker [Casillas] and now it seems to be [David] De Gea. They are basic pillars for us to maintain the defensive level we have shown in the last few championships, with the exception of the 2014 World Cup.”
Gerard Pique hopes Croatian fans will behave well at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux and that there is no repeat of the violence. The Croatian match against Czech Republic which ended in a 2-2 draw this week was marred with flames.
“We understand that football is a spectacle for the fans and we can’t accept any kind of violence.
“I hope they respect the game, the players, and all the supporters who come to watch and enjoy football.
“You’ve got to think of the families and children, so these incidents must not be repeated,” he affirmed.
Image: Joachim Low (Germany).
Gemany boss Joachim Low has also showered praises on Spain. A report from Marca quotes the coach as saying: “Spain have a team of great class. This has always been the case, not just [against Turkey].
“They apply their game in an extraordinary way. Barcelona play like [Spain], while Real Madrid do so in a different way.”