The Asturian assures that La Roja “is physically full” before their quarter-final match against Switzerland
Luis Enrique he does not move an iota of his convictions or of the plans designed for the Eurocup. Relativize the shield in front of him,
trust your players and he considers that nobody has shown more than Spain in this European Championship. He has been forceful this Thursday when he has been asked the following question: Have you seen a better team than yours? He took a few seconds and responded with a monosyllable: “No.” He is going for all, for the jackpot, and for this he will have to save this Friday the
Swiss obstacle. “The two teams know each other very well because we recently competed in the Nations League. They are a very complicated opponent, without big names, but as a block they are one of the best in the European Championship. They are at our level because of how they push and attack, without a doubt. It will be complicated, “said the national coach.
The clashes against the Swiss to which the Asturian alluded took place in October and November of last year. In Madrid it was won by the minimum (1-0) and in Basel it was tied (1-1). «In Valdebebas we were far superior and we only scored one goal. They created an opportunity for us. But the two games were very complicated because they have an attitude of
press in the opposite field and create problems ”. Against Croatia they conceded two goals in the last eight minutes, when the eighths were decided, but Luis Enrique has ensured that the containment system is perfect. ‘I have explicitly analyzed it. We are one of the best selections to
defensive level of the Eurocup. Reviewing those two goals (of the Croats) there were some punctual individual errors, but the attitude of the team was good and I am happy with how we managed those final 10 minutes. What I was complaining about – he pointed out – is what we did with the ball in those last 10 minutes ».
Focused on the Swiss team, Luis Enrique has praised his coach, Vladimir
Petkovic, «Who accumulates 77 games with his national team. He is a high-level coach and regardless of the players he is going to use, you know that he is going to cause problems for you ».
As usual, he has made no progress on the starting eleven and has praised the
template preparation. “The GPS numbers are impressive. Physically we are at full capacity ». Finally, he has sent Unai Simón through the roof after his failure and reaction in the duel against Croatia. «You don’t have to be martyred or watch the play 25 times. What matters is what is done after the failure. He has done a marvelous job. Rafa Nadal spoke of the ‘memory of a fish’. It also works in soccer. I’ve already made the mistake and what difference does it make. I differentiate between concept failures, which are dangerous, and execution failures, which have an easy solution. Unai’s was an execution. It was of outstanding ».