Gary Neville doubles down on ‘Spain have no goals in them’ prediction despite 7-0 win as he’s mocked over Valencia spell

GARY NEVILLE has doubled down on his prediction that “Spain have no goals in them” – despite their 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

Appearing as a pundit on ITV, the former Manchester United full-back questioned the firepower at Luis Enrique’s disposal before the match.

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He said of La Roja’s team: “It’s okay but there is no goals in it.”

Spain went on to batter the Group E minnows – with goals by Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, two for Ferran Torres and further efforts by Gavi, Carlos Soler and Gavi sealing their emphatic win.

Despite being mocked for his pre-match comments, Neville doubled down on what he said after the match.

He said: “We can’t just measure Spain at all off that.

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“I know they play Germany on Sunday so I look forward to seeing them in that game.

Costa Rica are the first team in 32 years at a World Cup not to have a shot on goal.

“Forget the target, they have not had a shot on goal in the whole game.”

Spanish reporter Guillem Balague tweeted Neville after the match, writing: “It’s ok, @GNev2. I was thinking exactly the same before the game. What do we know!! Football, eh!!”


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Neville, 47, again doubled down, however, replying: “I think we will be proved right!”

The pundit’s comments inevitably drew references to his poor spell as Valencia boss during the 2015-16 season.

One Twitter user wrote: “He clearly knows nothing about Spanish football, he got flashbacks to his Valencia team that had no goals in it.”

While a second joked: “Gary I reckon your Valencia team could have put 7 past Costa Rica.”

A third added: “Neville showing off his expert football knowledge once again. Same knowledge that made him legendary in Valencia.”

Neville won just 10 of his 28 games in charge of the Spanish side – infamously losing 7-0 to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

EPANeville endured a nightmare defeat to Barcelona as Valencia boss[/caption]

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