(Xinhua) -- Spain right back Dani
Carvajal said on Saturday that the squad had put the sacking of
Julen Lopetegui behind them as they concentrated on trying to
win this year’s World Cup.
Lopetegui was sacked as
Spain coach and replaced by Fernando Hierro just two days before
the Spanish kicked off their campaign with a 3-3 draw against
Portugal in Sochi.
The Spanish followed that result with a hard-fought 1-0 win
against Iran in Kazan and will now qualify for the last 16 if
they draw their last Group B game against a Moroccan side that
has no chance of reaching the next round.
"What happened with Julen has been forgotten and we are not
looking backwards," said Carvajal, who will now have the former
Spain boss as the coach of his club side Real Madrid.
"It was strange for all of us, but the main thing is for all
of us to remain united and that is what happened," he added.
Carvajal made his debut against Iran after a thigh injury he
suffered in the Champions League final against Liverpool had
threatened to leave him without the World Cup, just two years
after he missed the 2016 European Championships through injury.
"I can only be grateful to him (Lopetegui) for that, because
he brought me hoping I would be able to recover and he showed
confidence in me," said the defender, who added that he had
"never" seen a World Cup where the sides were so evenly matched.
Vazquez: Spain aiming to
build World Cup momentum
KRASNODAR Russia (Xinhua) --
Spain winger Lucas Vazquez admitted on
Saturday that the Roja have not yet hit top gear at the World
Cup as they prepare for their final group match against Morocco
The 2010 champions can claim top spot in Group B if they beat
the north African side, pending the outcome of Portugal’s clash
"What we’ve seen in the World Cup so far is that no team has
been able to win easily," Vazquez told a news conference at
Spain’s World Cup base here.
"All matches have been evenly contested. I think the
important thing in a World Cup is to improve as the championship
"What we want is to go from less to more and try to get to
the end and win it, of course," the Real Madrid player added.
Spain’s campaign began in chaotic fashion when coach Julen
Lopetegui was sacked a day before the tournament began after it
was revealed he had accepted an offer to take charge of Real
Under caretaker manager Fernando Hierro, Spain drew 3-3 in
their first match with Portugal before grinding out a 1-0
victory over Iran.
"What we want is to be first (in the group) by beating
Morocco," Vasquez said of the match in Kaliningrad.
"We have to get the job done and then we’ll see what happens
in the other groups."