Luis Enrique He has done it again. And they already go twice. It is not easy to win in defeat. It is not easy to fall and go home with the feeling that you are not taking the cup or qualifying for a final, but the conviction that you have done almost everything right. And it is even more difficult in a country like Spain, where its 47 million inhabitants have a coach inside who thinks and who is daring, since he does not hesitate to question any decision of the coach. With Luis Enrique It could not be less, but for the second time in just over three months the Asturian has shown that he knows what he is doing.
Spain lost to France the end of the League of Nations. A genius of Benzema and a more than questionable decision of the referee, which gave validity to the goal of Mbappé despite being the forward of the PSG offside, they left the Selection, although it turns to Spain with the tranquility of knowing that the work has been done well. It is true that for the second time the team that was playing the best in a competition was left without a title, it passed before Italy on the Eurocup, where the national team was superior to the transalpine group in Wembley, and it was repeated against the world champion, but the national team sows and hopes to end up harvesting.
This competition started with a squad list in which it was Gavi and continued with a series of changes forced by injuries that ended with the call of Sergi Roberto. Both decisions strongly attracted attention. More if possible when it was off the list they stayed man like Parejo, Luis Alberto or Fabián. Days of controversy and criticism that ended with a phrase from his own Luis Enrique in the previous against Italy: “I don’t read the press because I think I know more about football than most and because I have more information than you do.” A message addressed to journalists who had debated in the days leading up to the debut of Spain against Italy if the 23 chosen were the best.
Luis Enrique had a plan. The one of Gijón he makes each list with the players he considers best to carry out his idea. And in that thought was a Gavi that does not add up to 500 minutes with him Barcelona in the elite, but who was a starter against Italy on San Siro making a real match. He repeated in the final with the same result. In view of France he also bet on Eric, another of the questioned footballers, who made a great match.
The coach leaves Milan how did he do it London. Untitled, with a bittersweet taste in the mouth, but with the conviction that the Spanish selection walk on the right path. Luis Enrique has managed to return to Spain the competitive gene lost in 2012. The next challenge, no less, will come in November, when a confrontation against Greece and Sweden will confirm if the national team qualifies for the Qatar World Cup on the fast track or has to play a tremendously complicated play-off. “I would like that in the game against Sweden, in the Cartuja, the stadium is to burst if the Covid allows it,” said the Asturian after losing to France. Let’s listen to him, he’s usually right.