Luis Enrique attended the media in the press room of the Athens olympic stadium to analyze the preview of the match that will face Greece and Spain. The national team needs to win to continue having options to qualify for the Qatar World Cup on the fast track. The Asturian coach assured that he has seen his players very well and explained that without pressure Spain would not be Spain.

Greece game

“Greece has changed the system with respect to the previous party. After that change they have had good meetings and results. I expect a motivated Greece in its stadium and with its people. It’s going to cost us when we have the ball and when we don’t have it, because if we don’t pressure them well they know what to do ”.


“I am very lucky because after seeing the two sessions in Las Rozas I am more than optimistic. I feel confident and calm. I am very lucky to be a coach. They have given me a lot of confidence and I have to be prepared for difficulties ”.

Forced to be in the World Cup

“Spain has to be obliged to win any game.”

There is only one match

“There is only one match in Athens against Greece. You have to be ambitious ”.

Luis Enrique under pressure

“Luis Enrique was born with prison. I have enjoyed a profession that you have to play with pressure. It only remains for me to transmit them ”.

Importance of the psychologist

“Give us all the pressure in the world that with pressure this team delivers. Without pressure we would not be the Spanish team ”.

Greece approach

“It is a very well organized team, but with our game we can also lock them back, although it is the most difficult. I believe that we have more than enough resources to solve the difficulties. They have real options to qualify or play a play-off. I would sign to have a game in which I lock up the rival in their area ”.


“In every game we have had pressure. In the League of Nations, in the Eurocup, and so on. That is the pressure we have to adapt to. The match in the first round has certain similarities, but Greece has been improving ”.


“He is participating a lot at Barcelona. If he plays he will do it indoors and physically they are all like airplanes. They are all in fullness with the ups and downs that there are throughout a season. The only one who will not participate is Mikel Merino ”.


“Training and summoning him is a pleasure. It is a great pleasure to have you with us. He has been changing things of course. He has been exploring new circumstances. It has been seeing him as always. You have to talk to each player, but like the rest ”.


“The illusion that we have to win is so great we are in the same situation as in any other game. Then we already value how the game is given. In each meeting we have felt responsibility. The mistake is mine for being so sincere on the day of the list ”.

Sweden result

“I preferred to play at the same time. We are not interested in that game, it depends on us. My advice is that you don’t even need to see it ”.


“The teams are made up of young players of a mature age. We can control the things we want to happen on the pitch. We have to show that we are better and it is accepted that young people solve the game ”.


“Morata is in his performance and I always see him predisposed. Not being able to count on players due to injury opens the door for others. That for me as a coach is super motivating. Rodrigo is back, there is also Raúl de Tomas and we have many options ”.

Lost the match

«You have to be optimistic and think that everything will turn out very well. I think that we are going to win both games, there will be time to think ugly and bad things ».

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