“We are back where we belong” – Luis de la Fuente full of pride as Spain book Euro 2024 final spot

For the first time in 12 years, Spain are in the final of a European Championship. They got there on Tuesday, coming from behind to defeat France 2-1 in the first semi-final in Munich.

Lamine Yamal and Dani Olmo got the goals for La Roja, as they made it six wins out of six at Euro 2024 – becoming the first team ever to win six in a row at a European Championship. Much of the credit for that will go to Luis de la Fuente, who has masterminded this run to the final in his first major tournament as Spain manager.

Speaking post-match (via MD), de la Fuente spoke of his pride at his Spain side reaching the final of Euro 2024.

“We are very happy, the happiness was already great to get here but now it is much greater. I feel a lot of pride for these players, they are exceptional, they know how to play and read the games in an extraordinary way.

“We have returned Spanish football to where it belongs. We have to value what these players are doing. We want to continue making history, we don’t want to relax, we have to stay focused to face the final in Berlin.”

Spain will face either England or The Netherlands in Sunday’s final, and for de la Fuente, it matters little who his side come up against.

“It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we’ve already seen the journey we’ve had in this European Championship. They are two great rivals and we are waiting for them with open arms. We want to win the final.”

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