The feeling was that we could come back into it but that Eng were very well organized. We knew we had to take a step forward.
Luka and I are used to being in teams that always go after the game, that press high. For Spain or England, it is a little bit easier because many of the players play together in their club sides. Or the ideas are very similar...
It’s not that the tournament opened up for England. Why was there not another team there [in the semi], then? It was one of the strongest most competitive World Cups. I have huge respect for England. No one gifst you anything.
Well, muchas gracias but I’m not the one who has to do the propaganda for myself. If people put me forward then I thank them of course...
It was not about beating Messi it was about beating Argentina. You can try to eliminate Leo any way you want but he will always come up with something different. But it was very important for us that he could not get into the game.
Sorry for the bombardment.
(I admit I'm a little disappointed that people seem to have grabbed hold of one, fairly unimportant part of a long, nuanced conversation with some who is rational, calm, honest and analytical).