La Roja train at La Rosaleda
had been special to face his old team for the first time since his transfer: “Of course it was a special game for me,” the midfielder told reporters. “It was against people I know. I have friends among both the players and coaching staff and it’s always good to play against them. In the first hour of the match they worked very well and made things difficult for us. With the changes and with Sansone, who did well when he came on, we got the goals. We took risks and sometimes they go for you, sometimes they don’t, but we remained strong and were lucky enough to win.” but dominating an opponent isn’t easy and we lost, so there are no excuses.
“We don’t look like a team that is in such a low position,” he continued. “However, the reality is different. We had control of the game and then they scored. As such, it became very tough for us. But we have to keep working hard and seeking solutions. We must improve. This result was very bad for us, but this is the road we are on.” The Spanish national team are set to hold a public training session at La Rosaleda this Friday ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Costa Rica (kick-off 21.30). La Roja are due to arrive Málaga at 13.10 on Friday before transferring to the Gran Hotel Miramar. That same evening, boss Julen Lopetegui and Real Madrid midfielder Isco will hold a press conference before training commences at 20.00. Tickets for the session are free and can be obtained on Thursday and Friday from the Plaza de la Constitución between 11.00 and 20.00. Alternatively, fans can pick them up from the ticket office at the stadium from 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 19.30. Tickets, of which there are a maximum of 19,000, are limited to two per person and access to the stands will be from 19.15 onwards.
Villarreal players celebrate a goal against Málaga