KOLKATA: Spain U-17 coach Santiago Denia says Saturday’s final match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 against England will be tough but stressed that La Rojita have prepared well to soar over England’s Young Lions.
Both Spain and England have never won the FIFA U-17 World Cup, in fact England is making their maiden final appearance whereas Spain fell short in three previous finals respectively in 1991, 2003 and 2007.
“It has been a long and difficult road to travel to get to the final. It is a culmination of hard work and the preparation we did getting into this tournament. We have played England in the final of the UEFA U-17 Championship and we are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. We have done all that is needed and prepared well for this game.” Denia said.
“We don’t have any major injuries that can hamper the team in final. We will play our normal game but bearing in mind that the most important thing for us is not to concede. We are a goal scoring team so keeping things tight at the back will be important.” the 43-year-old added.
The Spaniards have scored 15 times during the tournament, including three against Mali in the semifinal. However, still there is something about the La Rojita offense doesn’t seem to be clicking, mostly meaning Sergio Gomez, who has scored only twice in six matches. He is always dangerous, but will have a hard time, again, facing the England defense that has kept clean sheet against teams such as Chile, Iraq and Japan. Once again, Ferran Torres’ brilliance and Cesar Gelabert’s positioning and awareness will be the key to a Spain goal.
“The final is a different ball game. We are competing to win gold and take the trophy and it will be a tough match. But we will be going into this game with confidence.” Denia concluded.