Iniesta praises Bernabeu atmosphere as Spain hammer Italy

Isco guided La Roja to 3-0 victory

Posted Sunday, September 03, 2017 by

Iniesta praises Bernabeu atmosphere as Spain hammer Italy

Spain took a major step towards qualification for next summer's World Cup on Saturday as Andres Iniesta paid tribute to the fans in and around the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu during La Roja's 3-0 hammering of Italy.

The result takes Julen Lopetegui's team three points clear at the top of their qualification group and there is a growing sense of hope in the next generation of younger Spanish players currently making their mark on the team's fortunes.

"The atmosphere has been spectacular ever since we arrived on the bus," he told reporters.

David Villa's emotional return to international football after three years away was the obvious headline from the evening and Iniesta, a former teammate of the veteran striker, intimated just how happy he was for his friend.

"I am happy for David," he added. "In this moment it is his to enjoy and the fact is if he is here with the team then it is on merit."

Italy were stunned by just how dominant Spain were over the course of 90 minutes as Isco's ability to drift into pockets of space and dictate play left the Italian midfield bemused.

Of course there were minor faults but the veteran midfielder was quick to praise his team for what they managed to achieve on the night.

"We have played a very complete game both with and without the ball, we have been effective and have earned a victory that vindicated our way of playing," said Iniesta.

Whilst it seems to many that qualification for the Russian showpiece is now nothing more than a formality for La Roja, Iniesta was quick to dismiss such a notion as he called for increased concentration.

"It would be a big mistake to think it is done and we are there, those of us involved know that nothing can be taken for granted until the end," he concluded.

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