Spain coach Luis Enrique praised his side for snatching a 2-1 win away to Georgia on Sunday but predicted more nerve-shredding finishes in their remaining World Cup qualifiers unless they learn how to break down ultra-defensive sides.
Facing the rare sight of playing in front of 15,000 fans due to relaxed novel coronavirus restrictions in the Georgian capital, Spain enjoyed 75% of possession in the first half but fell behind to a strike from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
They levelled early in the second period through Ferran Torres before substitute Dani Olmo landed all three points with a shot from outside the box in added time.
“The game almost gave me a heart attack. But we got what we deserved in the end and even if it wasn’t what we deserved I don’t care,” Luis Enrique told reporters.
“This will boost our morale but also remind us that every game is going to be a struggle. It’s going to be like this forever. When every side sits deep and closes up shop there are no easy opponents.”