Luis Enriquethe Spanish coach, explained the reason why he decided to do without Jose Luis Gayawith whom he said he had to pay more attention to the head than to the heart to make a decision, assured that his ankle sprain “was an injury of fifteen days” and that he could not run the risk of it Jordi Alba suffered a problem to appear in the first two games without a left back.
“The Gayà thing responds to what happens in all countries, I have to make decisions and with my heart I would choose that he be there but with my head, both doctors and external people that I consulted, they told me that it was a fifteen-day injury and I could not play the two games of the three at one hundred percent, nor was I going to be in any way at the maximum”, he defended.
“I have to make a decision thinking about the team. If I do what Gayà deserves and what Valencia wants, I would keep him in the squad, but if Jordi Alba has a blow and I’m two games without a left-back, what would be said of the coach?” he asked.
[El lapsus de Luis Enrique al colocar Costa Rica en el mapa que enfurece al rival de España]
For this reason, Luis Enrique assured that when making the most difficult decision, he thought above all “of the best for the team” and thus having “two left-backs in the best conditions” from the start of the World Cup. .
The Asturian admitted that misfortune had hit Gayà due to the area he occupies and explained that the decision would have been different if he had played in another position, as he demonstrated last time eurocup when he endured Sergio Busquetsafter his positive for coronavirus, which prevented him from playing the first two games in Seville.
“I wouldn’t have done the same with someone other than a full-back because it’s the only position in which I can’t wait for anyone, because no one can adapt to what a left-back does who defends, plays winger, attacks depth , that has a defensive and offensive profile”, he explained.
“Gayà has had bad luck. If he becomes a central pivot, he would be summoned here and I would wait for him until the last game. I feel it in my soul because José is a phenomenon, I like him wonderfully and I have a lot of appreciation for him, but I have to put My feelings, what a coach’s head thinks. He has had very bad luck just seeing how he gets injured, spraining his ankle alone after a cross. I’m very sorry, the laws of the universe rule. Now he sees everything negative, but in the future You can get something positive,” he said.
“The leader of any team has to be the coach because you are the one who makes the decisions. Even if it is your first experience, you are the leader,” he defended in his appearance just over 24 hours before Spain’s premiere at the World Cup in Qatar .
“Of course I’m the leader. I have to decide who comes, who plays, at what time we train. It’s logical. The coach is a leader who has to give power to his players and give them solutions for when they play on the field of game. I feel perfect, delighted to debut as a coach in a World Cup. I was lucky to enjoy it as a player. I am very calm and wanting to enjoy a joy”, he added.
Luis Enrique showed ambition by not putting a ceiling on the Spanish team and marking the dispute of all the championship games. “We don’t know the ceiling, but our goal is to reach the final like all the teams. We want to stay as long as possible. You have to have faith in what you do. All 32 teams can really win,” he said.
Luis Enrique, who places great value on what he sees in his players in each training session, recognized that although he had a prior idea, the starting team will not decide to start the World Cup until the morning of match day.
🗣️ @LUISENRIQUE21national coach: “The level of training is being spectacular. The players know that they win their place in each session”.
— Spanish Soccer Team (@SEFutbol) November 22, 2022
“We train every day to prepare for the game and I see a special illusion. It benefits having been so little concentrated. It’s day nine, we’re going to compete with just ten days together and it’s positive. There hasn’t been time to accumulate too much energy, we have the fair one”, valued.
“I will choose the players neither for their physique nor for their tactics. I have seen them at such a great level of competitiveness, the training sessions are being spectacular, they know that by training they will earn their place. In the match we will have it easier than training. I will choose by the ‘feeling’ that I have. Tomorrow morning I will decide with my ‘staff’ based on what the eleven players expect from the game”, he added.
Sorry to Costa Rica
Regarding his rival, Costa Rica, he once again apologized for the mistake made in one of his broadcasts as a ‘streamer’, when he assured that he was from South America, and showed maximum respect to the Ticos.
“I have deep respect for Costa Rica. When I make a mistake placing it in another confederation it was a mistake, I’m ‘stunned’, but I’ve been in the country, I know it, I love its pura vida. Those who remain in that small mistake It must be that they are never wrong. I do and I apologize,” he said.
“It’s a very difficult match, Costa Rica is going to compete very well, football is rooted in it. We know their individualities, the experience of players like Keylor Navas, Duarte or Campbell who know how to compete in World Cups. They’re going to get us into complications”, augured.
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