Luis Enrique: "I am one of the leaders of the National Team, for good and for bad"

The Spanish coach, Luis Enrique Martinez, has assured that his team “does not lack leadership” and that he himself is “one of the leaders”, since he has “more than enough experience in big competitions” despite making his debut in a European Championship as a coach, and has explained that they face the first game on Monday against Sweden (9:00 pm) “with enthusiasm and hope” to be at a good level.

“(The national team) does not lack leadership, there are 23 players who are going to have to lead. Of course I am one of the leaders; the coaches are always leaders, for good and for bad, if it is not, a bad sign, “he declared at a press conference.

In addition, he recognized that it is “It is very different to face a competition of this type as a player or as a coach”. “He is much more intense as a coach. Even though it is my first European Championship as a coach, I have more than enough experience in big competitions,” he said. “I remember the enthusiasm with which I went to my first World Cup, zero worries as a player. It is very different, but I have the baggage of the experience of age,” he added.

The Asturian coach was “convinced” that the team will do the job. “If these circumstances did not arise, I would be the first to recognize that we have not been at the level. I still think that everything I have said is not a pose. The important thing is to qualify. I’m still optimistic, “he ventured.

Waiting for Busquets

In this sense, it considers that the decrease in Sergio Busquets due to coronavirus “no” has changed his “plan”. “Coaches have to continually adapt to circumstances; We cannot count on ‘Busi’, but there is no excuse, “he warned.” The game plan will be the same: catch the ball and do our thing. We must generate the greatest number of occasions, try to control the game and the opponent’s transitions, and when we have to defend, press in the opposite field and recover as close as possible to his goal, “he continued.

On the generational change in ‘La Roja’, he recalled that “the years go by for everyone” and that “players are not eternal.” “When I started my mandate as coach, my mind was not doing a restructuring, but to see which players married with the idea that I liked about football. It is evident that with some young players one thinks about making an investment; there are many young players , but there are also veterans. It’s a good mix, “he stressed.

Against Sweden it won’t be an easy game

On the first match against Sweden, he assured that it is “important” to “take the pulse of the competition.” “It is not an easy game because of the rival and the circumstances. There are many circumstances that can be decisive and we will try to control those that are in our power, with hope and hope to be at our level, “he said.

Among those uncontrollable circumstances could be the heat. “I was hoping it would be hotter, I hope that at 9:00 p.m. a good rhythm of competition can be maintained. It can be a good determining factor in this first game, but we have trained at that time in Madrid to be as adapted as possible, “he said, and he knows that against Slovakia on the last matchday (6:00 p.m.) it could be worse.” On the last matchday the schedule cannot be changed. Although at 6:00 p.m. in Seville it can be very hot, the day has to be played at the same time, “he said.

Regarding the Swedish team, he acknowledged that “they don’t” know “which players are going to play at the top.”Sweden plays quite direct. We know Isak from LaLiga well, the wing players get inside … I don’t know which tip is going to accompany Isak. They are players who go well into space, strong, and we are going to try to counteract it. It’s going to be an intense and difficult match, “he explained.

Luis Enrique started the press conference sending a loving message to the Danish Christian Eriksen. “I would like, on behalf of myself and the entire team, to send a big hug to Christian Eriksen, his family, his teammates and the Danish Federation. We wish him a speedy recovery after yesterday’s shocking images. We hope to see him soon recovered and on the playing fields, which is his natural site, “he said.


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