Director Luis Enrique


Madrid, November 11 (EFE).- Argentina are Leo Messi’s team. France is Mbappé’s team. Brazil, Neymar team. Croatia, that of Luka Modric. Spain, on the other hand, is not a group from which hangs a world star, with a strong and brutal media presence. Spain is the selection of Luis Enrique. It’s the mirror of your coach.

This shade is neither better nor worse. If anything, best to avoid stardom. It’s a different landscape, one that works for sure with the absolute leadership of a coach with character and determination. Closer to the command of Javier Clemente, who has accepted all the pressure on himself to free footballers from media overload so they can train and play with a clean mind, thinking only and exclusively about the team national.

Luis Enrique played his first World Cup in the United States in 1994. He was 24 years old. Meet the fabric. And he is betting on a team with a young profile, with lively players, very sub ’21 -Gavi, Pedri, Guillamón, Yeremy Pino, Ansu Fati, Nico Williams…-, armored with veteran poker where Busquets is on order. The coach calls on a team that has spirit, dynamism, back and forth, high pressing, immediate recovery after a defeat. And with good taste on the board.

Sergio Busquets returns to the group. He protects and pampers him. He was South African champion when he was a kid. And now he is happy to run the operations. The world cups are won with a 1 and with a 9, from the start. Unai Simón and Álvaro Morata are two serious guys. They go to Qatar 2022 wanting revenge. Nobody gave them anything. But they are aware that the moment of truth has arrived. They are brave and have been waiting for this opportunity all year.

Morata, if he opens the box against Costa Rica, it will be a stab for Spain. With an ounce of confidence, Morata eats the world. World Cups are also won with a lucky point. A nine in his profile as Fernando Morientes scored a legal goal that an Egyptian referee called off against South Korea in 2002. This José Antonio Camacho side had the face of a champion. Without luck, you never win a World Cup. And that’s where the injuries come in.

Luis Enrique has assembled a team of 26 players. All positions are doubled with sober and emerging people. Starving people. The list, depending on the colors, could have other options -Canales, Iago Aspas or Borja Iglesias-, but it is Luis Enrique’s list and from today the list of all Spaniards.

Luis Enrique handles all scenarios on this list. The one with the repulsive role with Nico Williams. That of the motivation of Marco Asensio, redeemed and put into orbit with a few exalted months in the Ancelotti module; and with a special ball with which Luis Enrique is careful and waits because he knows that if he was one hundred percent he would be an attacker capable of looking in the eyes of the greatest on the planet. His ball is Ansu Fati. Lucho believes in Ansu. I hope he gives him time to give back the confidence and the prize that the coach gave him. This would be good news for Spain.

The World Cups mark life. The 26 play it, in this case. Without solidarity, there is no harmony. Pepe Reina helped Iker save a decisive Cardozo penalty against Paraguay in 2010. Those are gestures. But they illustrate the power of a solid and strong group, which marks the beginning of Luis Enrique’s strategy with a list which, like all the others, always excites Spanish football on the eve of a World Cup.

Luis Villarejo


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