Spain boss Luis Enrique compares team's scoring to Barcelona
Spain coach Luis Enrique has brushed aside concerns about their scoring ability by pointing out that the national team have a better goal average than runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona.
"The debate about a lack of goals has reached me, but we have scored 19 goals in my seven games," Luis Enrique told a news conference ahead of the game with Malta.
"That's 2.7 goals per game, and Barca have 2.6 and they are the top goalscorers in Spain. So for a team that apparently has a problem with goals, we're not doing too badly."
The coach also emphasised the quality of Spain's performance in their last outing, despite the narrow winning margin.
"The other day we played better than when we beat Croatia 6-0. There were some very good spells, very few errors, we pressed high and we won all the second balls," he added.
"It was a nine out of 10 performance, the only reason it wasn't a 10 was we missed chances to score more."
Malta also have three points after winning their opening game 2-1 against the Faroe Islands.