By Paul Giblin MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua)
-- Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara
criticized the Spanish press for not giving the team the support
it needs at the current World Cup finals.
finished top of Group B with five points, they only managed a
narrow 1-0 win against Iran while drawing with Portugal and
Morocco in performances which were criticized in the Spanish
media; something Thiago wasn’t happy with in his press
conference on Friday.
“As Spaniards, you
should show some self-criticism,” he said to the journalists
present, adding “we have all come here to win, we are all a long
way from home and we all want to win the World Cup. We haven’t
played our best football, but it is harder if you don’t help to
get public opinion behind us,” Thiago said.
He continued to say
that the press “is looking for the bad things” and that “it
makes it harder for the team.” Thiago admitted Spain’s
performances have so far been below par as they prepare to face
Russia in the Luzhniki Stadium.
The Bayern Munich
midfielder went on to say that although the team hasn’t played
its best football, they still managed to top the group. When
asked what Spain needed to improve, he said they had to start
with confidence. “We have to have confidence in ourselves and
our companions,” Thiago said. He admitted the sacking of coach
Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament had been a setback.
“It hurt us in that
we had been preparing things in a certain way, but we were
fortunate that (Fernando) Hierro has taken up a role that he
wasn’t expecting and he helps give us confidence in our games,”