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The coach, full of energy, says that he awaits the premiere “with the greatest enthusiasm”

Luis Enrique, this Tuesday in Doha.JMEFE
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Luis Enrique and Busquets came out to the press room of the Qatar Convention Center dressed in first Communion. In pristine white, with the uniform that Adidas has almost copied for its teams on this date, the coach appeared first, smiling, greeting the staff, joking, drinking water, because Luis Enrique drinks a lot of water, perhaps to be able to demonstrate that vehemence with his talking.

For those who don’t know, last Friday, In his first broadcast on Twitch, the coach placed Costa Rica, rival this Wednesday in the World Cup debut, in South America. He did not feel that very far in that country, and a ‘tico’ journalist asked him. Not because of that detail, but because he had not yet given his players information about the rival 24 hours after the game was played. “We as the staff inform the player on the day of the match. We do it with Costa Rica, with Germany, with Japan… I know that the other day I made a mistake, which is an oversight or foolish mistake, placing Costa Rica in another confederation. I apologizebut I’m sure that the people there, who are ‘Pura Vida’, don’t take it into account, and if they do, then I’m sorry”, he justified once more, before going back to his role in the team .

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Of course I’m the leader! The leader of a team has to be the coach, you have to tell the players that you are the leader even if it is your first year as a coach. I am the one who decides who comes, who plays, when they travel, when they train”, he explained. It is, without a doubt, because of the energy he transmits, because of this new role of his as a ‘streamer’ that provokes laughter from his footballers in concentration.

The selector of the nerves of the debut spoke. “The important thing is to arrive with the right point of activation, and the difficult thing is that each player has his own. In that sense, it has been good to have only 10 days of concentration, because if you spend two weeks, it can be worse“He has wielded, emphasizing that he has everyone available, including Guillamón, whom he is not going to force, but who could play if it were a matter of life or death.

The other protagonist of his press conference was gayá. Why didn’t he wait for him and did he do it with Busquets in the Eurocup? “Gaya has had very bad luck. He has been injured in the only position where I cannot adapt to anyone, in the only position where I have two specific uncles. If it had been in any other position in the eleven, I would have waited for that player. José Gayá He has had bad luck in that sense. Imagine that I leave him and that Jordi Alba today has a small blow. We would not have a left back in the first two games. What would you have said?”, he concluded.


Busquets, the captain and the candidate to become the only Spanish footballer who can win two World Cups, also came out to speak. Do you see yourself winning? “Yeah yeah sure. Our goal is to play seven games. That is the ambition of the group, “observed the other leader, this one on the field, of the team. Before his fourth World Cup, he said he faced it with all the illusion in the world.

“We are a very strong group, very powerful, very difficult to beat. We have been doing the same thing together for some time and that must be our strength”, said someone who, before his fourth World Cup, has never won the debut match. He lost in 2010 against Switzerland, in 2014 against the Netherlands and drew in 2018 against Russia. “It’s about time to win, yes”, ry and he’s gone.


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