Football is approaching Spain vs Costa Rica He was more elegant, resorting to the ABCs of evidence against closed defences, as the team opened the wings and gave depth to the game, the middle – 70 making – and shots without stopping. And it so happened that of the 46 there were only 12 among the three sticks and only three hit the target. “We had so many chances and converted a few, we’re leaving with a bittersweet aftertaste,” the players reflected after class, a message that was tracked throughout. A small glitch that coach Jorge Vilda tried to rectify in recent days at Massey University’s training camp at Palmerston North, the team’s base in New Zealand.
Although the rain continued like lead, there was not a single day when they did not practice finishing exercises. “They fired non-stop,” they say of La Roja’s mission. “Repetition is one of the principles. Automated winning, that synchronization and coordination, is not achieved from one day to the next. That is why we have to be as demanding as possible in adjusting and adjusting those passes and finishes,” the coach resolved before meeting Zambia this Wednesday (9.30, La2), who fell to Japan in the first match in resounding fashion (0-5). “It’s a result that can be misleading because it’s a team that can beat anyone, as they showed in their World Cup qualifiers by beating strong Germany,” explains Vilda.
The game plan against the African opponents happened to not be the same as against Costa Rica, when they knew the ball and chances would fall to their side, with each trapped in their own area. “We have to be very careful about losses because Zambia is very dangerous on the counter with football in space and one-on-one. The slightest mistake can punish us,” he explained, teaching as it was also on the training field, where they practiced set-pieces with a view to withdrawing in case the play is not finished. “Pressure after a loss is crucial, being able to cut off starts in the game. A simple clearance can leave a player in front of the goalkeeper,” said the coach. “That’s why you have to finish all the plays you can.” Whether from inside the area or from outside, Spain’s only drawback is against Costa Rica.
“We lacked a bit of resource from medium or long distance because they were so locked in behind,” said Ivana. Athena added, “Any midfielder in the team has a great shot, and so do the forwards.” “But we obviously have to improve on that,” admitted Vilda. occasion against Zambia.