The forecasts with Spanish selection They are not the most flattering for the World Cup. Two months before the debut against Costa Rica, the bookmakers give Luis Enrique’s team as the fifth favorite, behind Brazil, France, England and Argentina. With Spain something similar could happen with what happened last season with Real Madrid. It was said of Ancelotti’s team that he was not given enough to win the Champions League and was proclaimed champion of Europe. The Spanish basketball team left in a worse scenario and Scariolo has made it European champion. What options does Luis Enrique’s Spain have to win the World Cup in Qatar? It is a debate that will grow in the countdown to the start of the championship.

What is certain is that Spain is a recognizable Selection. An author team. Made to measure for Luis Enrique because of how he has been forming a group of players in which the collective spirit prevails over individualities. The team above a star and the charisma of Luis Enrique they are part of the identity of a National Team that played in the semifinals of the last European Championship and the final of the League of Nations. Among the most outstanding matches of Luis Enrique is the thrashing of Germany at the La Cartuja stadium and the victory against Italy, the European champions, at the San Siro. The route of Spain says that it competes better against the great Selections and has difficulties against the modest ones.

Luis Enrique in the press room of the City of Football

Two months after the debut in Qatar there is a certainty. The players that Luis Enrique leads are capable of following him to the end of the world, they are fans of his idea and this is something that the Spaniard was looking for. It is one of the keys, something fundamental for a coach who did the same thing when he was a player and I had Javier Clemente as coach. “I would have thrown myself off a bridge for him. Because of his ability to convince you,” Luis Enrique acknowledged a few months ago. This commitment, union and loyalty is non-negotiable for the Asturian.

The revolution

The spotlights are on the leadership of Luis Enriquehis ability and knowledge to get the most out of each footballer and if he will be able to burst the forecasts. Javier Clemente has no doubts. The former selector puts himself in the shoes of the one who was his disciple. On his day he had to make a revolution. He stopped counting on figures like Sanchís, Butragueño and Míchel. He opted for the energy and competitiveness of the Spaniard. He surrounded himself with a group that went with him to death. As does Luis Enrique, who has the same competitive profile as the Basque coach.

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Xavier Clement attends El Confidencial and does not agree that Spain cannot win the World Cup, as the bets point out: “I see seven teams that can win this World Cup and Spain is one of them. It is a candidate. Of course we can be world champions. But it is that he only wins one and that is why it is so difficult to be a champion. In football, the best team does not always win. You have to compete against an opponent who doesn’t want you to do better. This is like boxing and what Spain has to do is give more punches than the one in front of it. It is so. I am optimistic because against the big teams we have won and shown that there is a team that knows how to compete. But you also have to have a good day. This influences. Look what has happened in basketball. It was not expected that they would be European champions and they have achieved it with their weapons. Spain can be world champion in Qatar and if you compete well and they beat you, nothing happens. It’s your turn to congratulate the opposite.”

The chemistry between the coach and the players is essential. The day that Luis Enrique summoned Gavi for the first time, one of the people who expressed his surprise was Javier Clemente. He understood that it was very risky to take a 17-year-old boy to the senior team. He spoke of a team with too many youngsters. Gavi has not only established himself in the National Team, but Luis Enrique has continued with his revolution by bringing more youngsters. Clemente has an opinion on this: “Here the one who knows the most is Luis Enrique. He has criteria, he is in charge of making the calls and the most professional. He is the boss and the rest is no longer worth opening debates. Luis Enrique is brave and I see that Spain is a team that has youth and may lack experience. Youth is a very important stronghold and little experience can be a defect. I hope he compensates it with desire, enthusiasm and more effort. What I can guarantee is that the players can do things well because Luis Enrique has worked hard on them. There’s Nico Williams. He is a young man who arrives in the National Team, who is doing things well in Athletic, who is growing and is eager. Luis trusts these players and I hope he comes out well.”

Leadership on the bench

Xavier Clement He has lived in his flesh the intense debates that surround the position of coach due to the calls, the line-ups, the expectations that are created and triggered when the start of a great event approaches. Clemente considers Luis Enrique to be a leader, the soul of the National Team, but he doesn’t agree that he has to put up with all the pressure: “Luis Enrique is an important guy, as I’ve already said, with clear and professional criteria, who has a job hard. But then the players have to work. They are the ones who have to execute everything Luis Enrique does and says. That’s why I give importance to having a good day and I say that in football the best team doesn’t always win.”

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Luis Enrique had two coaches who marked him and both have a strong character and leadership. Of louis van gaal he was enriched by the wisdom of his tactical wealth, the ability to read the games. And of Xavier Clementwho called him in his two stages as a player (both at Real Madrid and at Barcelona) soaked up the security and confidence that he transmitted to footballers.

Clemente and Luis Enrique are soul mates. They share a temperamental and rebellious personality that generates friction with the press, noise with their decisions and antipathy in the fans. The big difference as coaches is in the Basque’s conservative football proposal and the Asturian’s riskier one.

The Spain of Gracious He went on to chain a streak of 31 games without losing. The Basque was from 1992 to 1998, with a total of 62 games (36 wins, 20 draws and 6 losses). But he did not pass the quarterfinals in the United States World Cup in 1994 or in the European Championship in England in 1996. He fell in the group stage in the 1998 World Cup in France. The other difference has been the choice of players . Clemente came to admit that he was “afraid” that boys as young as GaviPedri and Ansu Fati will arrive so young at the absolute.

The forecasts with Spanish selection They are not the most flattering for the World Cup. Two months before the debut against Costa Rica, the bookmakers give Luis Enrique’s team as the fifth favorite, behind Brazil, France, England and Argentina. With Spain something similar could happen with what happened last season with Real Madrid. It was said of Ancelotti’s team that he was not given enough to win the Champions League and was proclaimed champion of Europe. The Spanish basketball team left in a worse scenario and Scariolo has made it European champion. What options does Luis Enrique’s Spain have to win the World Cup in Qatar? It is a debate that will grow in the countdown to the start of the championship.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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