Del Bosque delighted to see Spain score three


Spain manager Vicente del Bosque was delighted to see his team score three times in its 3-0 win over Turkey as it booked its ticket for the knockout stages at Euro 2016.

The defending champion had been struggling in front of goal in recent months and needed a late Gerard Pique header to see off Czech Republic 1-0 on matchday one.

Spain's finishing was vastly-improved against Turkey though, as an Alvaro Morata double and a Nolito strike helped secure a comprehensive victory.

"We have completed our first objective, qualifying for the next round and did so with a good performance," Del Bosque said. "We were in charge for the entire game and scored goals, which we have been struggling to do.

"We now have to focus on the game against Croatia and see if we can make it to the final. We are not thinking about our opponent in the round of 16.

"We will try to get the three points against Croatia and will pick a team we think can do the job."

Spain has lost players such as Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Carles Puyol since its victorious UEFA EURO 2012 campaign, but Del Bosque feels it is on the right path.

"It is true that we have lost some important players from the team that started this project, some of the most important players of Spain’s history," the 65 year-old continued.

"But we are on the right track, even if we have not won anything yet."

Spain dominated possession against both Czech Republic and Turkey and Del Bosque says he is happy for opponents to sit back and defend against his team.

"It is good when a team sits back. We always like to play in the opponents’ half," he said. "Ideally, we score early, but we have a team that understands very well what we have to do. It is vital they all understand that.

"We are not worried if we do not get an early goal. It is good that we are scoring goals and finishing moves. It is no good when you have a great move, but don’t score goals."