Iñaki Sáez's Spain side need a home win against Italy on Tuesday to ensure qualification for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals next summer.
Spreading the word
Sáez declared himself satisfied with the stalemate on Italian soil and speaking ahead of Tuesday's qualifying play-off second leg, believes he knows what it will take to break down the Azzurrini in Palencia. "We knew we had to attack Italy down the wings and open up space to get through their solid defence," said Sáez. "The most important and difficult thing to do, though, is to get the message across to the team and to make it work because they have only played four matches together before the play-offs. We have to play two very tough legs over four days, so you always have to change something."
One of the likely alterations to the side that will take to the field for the La Balastera stadium's inaugural game, will be the inclusion of fit-again Santi Cazorla. The RC Recreativo de Huelva midfielder missed Friday's match with an ankle problem but is available to help his team's attempt to reach next summer's Netherlands showpiece.