Spanish team: Luis Enrique and excellence | sports


Reaching the semifinals of the European Championship and the final of the League of Nations convinced Luis Enrique that winning the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year is feasible. The Spanish coach is convinced that the group of players he manages can assault the world throne with guarantees of success if they raise some performances that allow him to make that small leap that differentiates the good teams from the champions.


David Raya, Marcos Alonso (Alba, min. 63), Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Dani Carvajal (Azpilicueta, min. 71), Gavi (Carlos Soler, min. 63), Pedri, Rodrigo, Ferrán Torres, Morata (Yeremy Pino , min. 71) and Sarabia (Dani Olmo, min. 63)



Berisha, Balliu (Roshi, min. 83), Adrian Ismajli, Hysaj, Marash Kumbulla, Djimsiti, Keidi, Qazim Laci (Kristjan Asllani, min. 77), Klaus Gjasula (Ylber Ramadani, min. 60), Armando Broja (Rei Manaj , min. 83) and Cikalleshi (Myrto Uzuni, min. 60)

goals 1-0 min. 74: Ferran Torres. 1-1 min. 84: Uzuni myrtle. 2-1 min. 89: Dani Olmo.

Referee Trustin Farrugia Cann

Yellow cards Yimsiti (min. 43)

With the level exhibited in the two aforementioned competitions, Luis Enrique has conveyed to his players that they are at a point where they can do well in the next World Cup, but always exposed to the fact that any detail, a stumble on a bad day against an inferior rival, a post or a penalty shootout, could mean elimination, including the first phase. “If we look at the numbers of the European Championship, we were the team that created the most chances, that scored the most goals with one game less than Italy, that believed in the least and the one that had the most possession,” defended Luis Enrique after beating Albania on Saturday ( 2-1) in a friendly (this Tuesday they host Iceland in A Coruña). However, the coach believes that these records are not sufficient guarantees for La Roja to install on its chest the second star that distinguishes it as a two-time world champion. The coach from Gijón is working on a final evolution of his daring and attractive game idea based on nuances such as Pedri or Gavi, who also play 4-3-3 at Barça, acquiring some different habits and mechanisms than Xavi has.

Luis Enrique is in search of excellence, of a well-rounded team that is prepared to resolve any type of match or game situations that may arise in the event. In this sense, the choice of Albania and Iceland as fighting for these two friendlies it has been very conscientious, assure federative sources. The coach was looking for two rivals who, as Albania showed in Cornellà, would require the Spanish internationals to decipher a well-organized team at the back and direct play to go on the counterattack.

screen and scaffold

As during the European Championship, Luis Enrique has once again adopted the role of a barracks gym teacher and, at the same time, a joker in his daily work with his footballers. He addresses his peculiar students with teacher slang. He comments to the Spanish internationals on the “remarkable” high with which he rates his performances so far and challenges them to achieve “outstanding” and “honours” as a necessary step towards his World Cup coronation. There is a point in the whole process that betrays the desire of an author to complete his work. Perhaps a last effort, before embarking on other types of adventures, although he has not made the decision about his continuity. Luis Enrique would never betray the president, Luis Rubiales, nor the sports director, José Francisco Molina, in relation to the pact not to talk about his future until the World Cup is over.

The technical talks, line by line, have been given in front of the giant screen that has been installed in the training field of the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas, just below the scaffolding on which the evolution of the sessions is followed. Luis Enrique has imitated the on-field conjugation of the video and the training he saw during a tour of Germany two years ago in which he observed methods of some local coaches. “He has sought to streamline work and save time. It is about making the players see certain situations and having them fresh to carry them out at the end of the explanation, ”explains a federative employee. It was at the end of the previous concentration, in which Spain obtained the ticket for Qatar, when Luis Enrique asked Molina to acquire the gigantic monitor as a very useful tool to achieve the perfection he seeks.

Overcoming lines of pressure, turning the game from one side to the other and correcting positions to avoid rival transitions have starred in some of his exhibitions in Las Rozas. Some of them have not been able to avoid letting go of some joke in private about the fact that a tablet would be enough. The cold of the Madrid mountains penetrates into Las Rozas without orographic elements that prevent it. The heat of late May and early June, under which the coach and his players will return to play four Nations League games in two weeks, will be welcome when the new monitor regains its prominence to continue the search for the excellence.

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