Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas offered no excuses for the World Cup winners' defeat against Argentina - but felt the 4-1 scoreline flattered to deceive.
Fabregas was part of the side that were briefly torn apart in Buenos Aires, with the Albicelestes scoring three goals in 30 first-half minutes. The Arsenal midfielder was quick to pint to a number of chances for Spain throughout the match, although praised the opposition for their impressive performance.
“You have to applaud them because they have attacked four times and scored four goals. It is true that we were not at our best, but neither have we deserved to lose 4-1. I think the result was too wide,” Fabregas noted after the game.
“Nobody likes to lose. We knew it would be a difficult game, and although there are excuses, we do not want them."
Spain hit the woodwork on three separate occasions before Fernando Llorente scored in the 84th minute, although Sergio Aguero finished off the job with an injury time strike.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a sublime chip over Pepe Reina before Gonzalo Higuain made it 2-0. A howler from Reina gifted Carlos Tevez the third, and the game was over after just 34 minutes.
The Gunners skipper is set to feature against Bolton this weekend, with Arsene Wenger keen to get Fabregas involved again at club level at the Emirates.