FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Luis Enrique nervous about Spain’s patchy type as La Roja scrape previous Georgia
The Spanish coach expects extra issues forward for Spain, together with on Wednesday in opposition to Kosovo, the least skilled workforce within the group.
Madrid: As Spain struggled in opposition to Georgia, coach Luis Enrique mentioned he felt like he was about to have a coronary heart assault on the sidelines.
Spain was coming off a disappointing house draw in opposition to Greece just a few days earlier and gave the impression to be on its strategy to one other setback that would go away “La Roja” winless to begin its World Cup qualifying marketing campaign.
Its probabilities of securing an computerized spot for subsequent yr’s World Cup in Qatar would out of the blue be in jeopardy though it had solely performed in opposition to among the simpler opponents in Group B.
A purpose by Dani Olmo two minutes into stoppage time on Sunday salvaged a 2-1 victory that left the workforce two factors behind Sweden on the high of the group, bringing some much-needed reduction for Enrique.
However the coach expects extra issues forward for Spain, together with on Wednesday in opposition to Kosovo, the least skilled workforce within the group.
“I’m nervous going into the match in opposition to Kosovo, I’m very nervous,” Luis Enrique mentioned. “If we don’t have our greatest sport, or the best precision or finesse, we must win it with our hearts or our minds. Spain needs to be within the subsequent World Cup. We don’t even contemplate not making it.”
Enrique gave the impression to be overly involved contemplating that Kosovo is enjoying in solely its second World Cup qualifying marketing campaign after having earned just one level within the first one. It misplaced to Sweden 3-0 at house on Sunday in its solely group sport to date this yr.
Spain, in the meantime, entered its qualifying marketing campaign as the favourite within the group, forward of Sweden, which opened with consecutive victories as Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to worldwide soccer after virtually 5 years.
However Spain’s lacklustre performances in its opening matches gave Enrique motive to be nervous.
The workforce managed possession however struggled to get by means of its opponents’ tight defensive scheme.
“We already know that our opponents do not make it simple and that all of them have high quality, even these nationwide groups from completely different ranges,” Luis Enrique mentioned. “We’re struggling extra in opposition to these kind of nationwide groups than once we play in opposition to Switzerland or Germany or Ukraine.”
Spain routed Germany 6-0 within the Nations League in its final match final yr.
“That is soccer and now we have to just accept it,” Luis Enrique mentioned. “However I’m actually nervous going into the sport in opposition to Kosovo.”
The coach revamped the workforce’s lineup after the sport in opposition to Greece however couldn’t get them to play a lot better in opposition to Georgia. They did not create many vital probabilities up entrance and regarded susceptible on the again.
“Possibly this was the sport during which we suffered essentially the most from begin to end,” Enrique mentioned. “However that ending was price it. I’ll take the struggling if in the long run we win. However it’s true that the priority about our qualification was there, and it’ll proceed to be there as a result of we received’t face any simple enemies.”
Solely the ten group winners qualify instantly for the ultimate event in Qatar, with the runners-up having to take part in a playoff subsequent March.
Enrique additionally needed to reply questions after the match about his determination to go away captain Sergio Ramos off the squad.
“It was a technical determination, Sergio was match to play,” he mentioned. “I do know that something associated to Sergio Ramos will trigger controversy, whether or not he performs 5 or 90 minutes. I’m used to that.”u
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