Ryan Giggs makes big admission about Spain after watching Wales humbled
Ryan Giggs admitted “fantastic” Spain “taught Wales a lesson.”
Europe’s hottest striker Paco Alcacer demolished Giggs’ defence with a double as Spain sent a warning to England ahead of their meeting next Tuesday.
Gareth Southgate can expect to meet a ruthless new Spain who have hit ten in their last two games.
It was hard to judge how brilliant Luis Enrique’s men were against a mistake-ridden side missing injured Gareth Bale, who is "unlikely" to face Ireland next week.
But Giggs conceded: “One down after seven minutes an you are chasing shadows. We got taught a lesson in many aspects. Give Spain credit. Fantastic players.
"All playing at the top level. It was a lesson for us.
“It was disappointing. Against average teams you have to do basics right. Don’t do them against a very good side you get punished.”
No striker comes close to Alcacer’s efficiency on the pitch this season. On loan at Dortmund from Barcelona , netted in the eighth and 29th minutes.
That took his tally to nine goals for club and country this season in just 203 minutes of action… a strike every 22mins 30s!
Defenders Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra also scored headed goals exposing a basic lack of marking.
Sam Vokes headed an 89th minute consolation from a fine outside-of-the-foot left cross from David Brooks.
Giggs added: “We couldn’t perform on the pitch. We gave the crowd something to cheer at the end with a fantastic goal. Brooksy showed what he is capable of.
“We brush ourselves down, take it on the chin. We were disappointing. The good thing is there is always a next game and that can’t come quick enough.
“We could have been on a local park and done that and it would have been the same result.”
Alcacer’s first was a classy curling finish on the edge of the box, the second smashed home from ten yards after a touch into his path by Harry Wilson.
There wasn’t a red shirt within four yards of the Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos when he nodded home after 18 minutes.
Bartra powered a header home direct from Suso’s corner in the second half.
It looked ominous for England who face Spain, who hit Croatia for six last month, next week.
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This wasn’t the slow build-up possession game of old. There was a directness, an urgency to attack and go for the kill. Time will tell but it appears more ruthless than the old Spain.
The only happy Rodri in the stadium was Spain’s and Atletico Madrid’s pivotal midfielder, who ran the show.
Luis Enrique said: “England? It is an important game for us. We are prepared.”
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