Spain still deserve respect – Daniel Carvajal

Spain still deserve respect – Daniel Carvajal

Daniel Carvajal with Bayer Leverkusen

Real Madrid right-back Daniel Carvajal has said people have been quick to write off Spain and should show more respect.

La Roja went down to a 2-0 defeat against Holland on Tuesday night, their third friendly loss in a row, while they also suffered a shock defeat to Slovakia in their Euro 2016 qualifying game back in October. The poor results come off the back of a disappointing World Cup in Brazil last summer, when the 2010 holders were eliminated in the group stages, prompting much soul searching in Spain.

But speaking to the media ahead of the game against the Dutch, who Spain beat in the World Cup final in South Africa, Carvajal said people had been too quick to write them off. Vicente del Bosque’s side are, of course, the current European champions having beaten Italy in the final of Euro 2012.

Carvajal stated: “People in football have very short memories. We need to bring new players into the system and help them to adapt to our style, so we must be objective.

“The team’s we’ve been playing against are leaving less space for us to play in but we are trying to maintain our philosophy of the game. Other teams still respect us.”

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