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Del Bosque: Spain controlled the game and never let opponents feel comfortable

Del Bosque: Spain controlled the game and never let opponents feel comfortable

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The 61-year-old coach praised the performance of his team, as Spain eased to a comfortable win in Minsk in which Pedro scored a well-taken hat trick

Vicente Del Bosque showed his pleasure for how Spain performed during its 4-0 win over Belarus, and particularly the manner in which his side did not allow its opposition to settle.

An early goal from Jordi Alba set the world and European champions on their way to victory in Minsk, with Pedro scoring a fine hat trick to make the score 4-0 by the final whistle.

As often happens, Spain dominated possession during the game, and this control was something that Del Bosque highlighted when speaking to journalists after the match.

"We played well and controlled the match. They [Belarus] could not play to our level, and never felt comfortable on the pitch," the trainer said.

"It was a good game, very complete. The players felt very comfortable from the beginning, linked well, played with depth, and recovered the ball well. The talent and quality of our players did the rest."

When asked about the performance of Pedro, he said: "He's playing very well for his club. Pedro is fresh, dynamic, and has important offensive aggressiveness that breaks the mould slightly, and allows us to play on the front foot."

Sergio Ramos was substituted in the 70th minute for Raul Albiol, while David Silva also made way for Andres Iniesta in the second half, despite the Manchester City attacker enjoying a decent game.

"Sergio had a small knock, and though he did not have to come off, a change was preferable, though he wanted to keep playing. Silva had a card and I wanted to distribute the playing time between Silva and Andres Iniesta," Del Bosque explained.

Spain faces France in its next World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday, and Del Bosque was full of praise for their next opponents ahead of the match.

"It will be a very difficult game because France have an extraordinary squad. They have strength in depth in attack, and have very good players elsewhere who are calm but with physical power.

"It will be a difficult game," he added.

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