Lopetegui happy with understrength Spain win

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said he was happy with his side’s 4-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday in the absence of several key players.

Goals by Vitolo, Nacho Monreal and Aritz Aduriz, plus an own goal saw Spain triumph, despite missing Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Lopetegui said, “Games never go exactly as you wish, but we are happy to get the three points, with a good result against a good team.”

"We knew how they would play, that it would be difficult to control the game. But we had very good moments, and made many chances. They had a few chances," he added.

"We were missing many players. But we had confidence in the players who came in, and they all did very well.

"The attitude of those who come in is the most important. They showed talent and ambition."

Lopetegui praised 27-year old Sevilla winger Vitolo, after he netted his third goal in four World Cup qualifiers with a second-half header.

"[Vitolo] is playing regularly as he responds to what we ask for," said Lopetegui.

"He is playing well for us. He always wants to learn more, has good technique, understands the game, and is physically good. He will keep improving and be an important player for us."