Vicente del Bosque concedes it was “a difficult match” against the Azzurri and Spain were content to grab a point.
“In the first half we above all tried to keep possession against an opponent that was putting pressure on us,” said the Spain Coach in his press conference.
“After the break we put the game on the path that suited us more and in the final minutes we sought the victory with determination. Overall, we are content with this as a good point in a difficult match.
“We would’ve preferred to start the Euros with a win, but I have no recriminations about this draw. It was a good game and we ought to be happy.
“If we had been a little faster in passing the ball around, we might’ve have a better performance. In any case, Italy defended well and put us under pressure when we tried to create an attacking move.”
The tactician shocked many by naming a 4-3-3 formation with no recognised strikers, though he was asked if Fabregas was a ‘false No 9.’
“He is a special midfielder,” smiled del Bosque. “He’s not a centre-forward, but he is very good at pushing up into those central channels. Fielding him in that role has its positive and negative aspects, but today I thought it was the right decision.
“It was the right time to substitute him with Fernando Torres, because we had the space to use his speed. He had several good chances and did well, even if he didn’t manage to finish them off.”
The Coach of the reigning World and European champions was also impressed by Cesare Prandelli’s side.
“Italy played very openly. They did not clam up at the back, especially as like us they are a strong side with quality players.
“Daniele De Rossi played very well as a centre-back and in general all the Azzurri impressed me.”