Spain’s Pablo Sarabia: We want revenge
Las Rozas, Spain, Jun 22 (EFE).- There is no sign of pessimism at Spain’s Euro 2020 training bubble on the outskirts of Madrid but rather a belief that the team has played good football in the competition and that the players are out to avenge the far from thrilling results so far, midfielder Pablo Sarabia told Efe in an interview Tuesday.
Sarabia, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, was one of the surprise call ups by head coach Luis Enrique Martínez for Euro 2020. Even he didn’t expect it and had to cancel holidays last minute after he was told he was in the squad.
So far in the competition, a youthful Spain have been held to draws with Sweden (0-0) and Poland (1-1) in Group E. La Roja faces Slovakia in a final group match Wednesday.
Question: After reflecting on it for a few days, what’s going through your mind?
Answer: We’ve reflected on the game against Poland, me and the squad want revenge for that, for Wednesday to arrive to amend that draw. We thought we would win and we tried, but it didn’t pan out. In the end that’s what happens when you miss your chances.
Q: How come Spain hasn’t shown its true colors yet?
A: The team has a game plan, trying to be the protagonists with the ball, trying to move it from side to side, to be aggressive. In the end we’ve had a lot of chances on goal, which are not easy to create with so many players behind the ball. We are going to continue with that idea, we won’t change it one iota because that’s what we have confidence in, and what the coach has confidence in. We think it’s the way to win.
Q: Spain has been lacking that ability to get crucial last pass through some closed defensive lines, has the coach asked you to work on that?
A: Luis Enrique has asked me to be positive in the final meters, that I try to get to the goal because it is one of my abilities. We are trying, I’ve had two chances on goal, one in each game, but they didn’t go in. It’s up to us now to move forward, fine-tuning the coach’s plan in the knowledge that it can lead to victory.
Q: Is there added pressure playing in the Euros? Or is it the same pressure you feel in the Uefa Champions League with PSG?