Del Bosque ecstatic after Spain advance to knockout stages

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque was delighted after his side cruised past Turkey 3-0 on Friday and booked their spot in the knockout stages at Euro 2016. 

The reigning champions needed a last-minute goal from Gerard Pique to see off a spirited Czech Republic side in their opening game on Monday, but they looked a lot more dominant against Turkey. 

Alvaro Morata scored twice for Spain and Nolito also found the back of the net on Friday, which led to Del Bosque admitting that he was pleased to see his side score three times. 

Del Bosque added that he wants Spain to defeat Croatia in their final group match on Tuesday in order to head into the knockout stages on a bright note. 

"We have completed our first objective, qualifying for the next round and did so with a good performance," he told reporters. "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 ill try to get the three points against Croatia and will pick a team we think can do the job."

Spain have enjoyed the majority of possession in both their games against Czech Republic and Turkey and Del Bosque made it clear that he has no problems if teams try to restrict his side from scoring by taking a more defensive approach. 

"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. But 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."

Meanwhile, Del Bosque believes that Spain have adjusted extremely well after having lost a number of key players, which include Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Carles Puyol, since their successful Euro 2012 campaign. 

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

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