Lopetegui wants permanent Spain stadium

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui wants the national team to have a permanent stadium.

The former FC Porto coach took over the Spanish national side in July 2016 and he has so far helped them to the fore front of their World Cup qualifying group, beating Italy 3-0 on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Isco (2) and Alvaro Morata.

Spain, who have never had a home stadium – travel the country to play their friendlies and qualifying games – having most recently hosted the Italian national side at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.

And, whilst Lopetegui has hailed the impact of Madrid’s fans – he has called for the Spanish Football Federation to select a permanent residence for the national side.

“Saturday night was a wonderful performance befitting of a wonderful arena and crowd,” Lopetegui explained on Radio MARCA.

“It was a fantastic night for us and the fans and stadium definitely helped, and maybe made our opponents a little less confident.”

Lopetegui picked Wembley as an example for his request, saying he was envious of England for having such a national stadium.

“For instance, when you go to play at Wembley against England, you feel envy – a healthy envy but one were you hope for a stadium which gives you a push when you are in difficult moments in the match.

“A permanent home ground for Spain? It is a healthy conversation. As a Coach, you look to Wembley and Stade de France as a home for international teams that should be aspired to.”

Spain face Liechenstein on Tuesday evening as they look to step even closer to next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Source: La Liga News