Luis Enrique attended the media after the victory of the Spanish selection before the Czech Republic in The Rose Garden. With this triumph and the defeat of Portugal in Switzerland, the national team is already leader of its group in the League of Nations. The coach assured that he is “satisfied” with the role of the team in these four games.
“I am satisfied. The rival has shown that he knows how to defend very well locked up in his field, but also in our field. We’ve been pretty good. In the first part we lacked positioning. We had a feeling that any time we got over the pressure we would have a chance. Then the atmosphere has been extraordinary. I congratulate the Malaga fans. We are leaders after these four games with how difficult it is to play on these dates, we have distributed minutes, we have not been inferior to anyone, so we are very happy”.
“I need to analyze it calmly. They have generated one-on-one situations for us and Unai has been good at making decisions. He gives us a lot of calm in the aerial game and I think he played a very good game”.
“It is a message for everyone, since everyone can do better inside and outside. The interested party caught it at the right time. The Gavi inside the field of play is impossible for someone not to enjoy. He plays like nobody else.”
“We are going to see the same thing. I encourage you to ask your rivals to see what they tell you. One feels very comfortable when the rival recognizes that it is difficult. Ask if we are among the candidates. We are going to compete.”
“It is a case that whenever he has played and was available I have called him. Then there are situations like he is. No doubts. He knows that we like him. Since he has arrived we have seen him because he contributes in attack and defense. The handicap is that someone who is not contributes similar things. I like his profile. He has been very good offensively with and without the ball. It’s important to play for the club, but if it works with me, I’m delighted. He has been very good. Like Iñigo, Rodri, Eric has been imperial, nobody asks about him today?, Morata… I liked everything”.
The central ones
“I liked everything. In the second part we have fixed it. We have a tendency to want to go early and the first thing is to go not to lose the ball. Sometimes we speed up play and that against a rival like this leads you to run. It was a hard-fought match against a high-level team”.
“We have taken that into account. That is why we have distributed minutes. Only Busquets has passed 200 minutes. The rest has given us what we needed. We are where we are because of our level and happy for everything”.
“I think they played very well. Dani has been with us less time and he has less habit than Azpilicueta. He always competes. On the left we have Gayá who has not come”.
doubt the illusion
“That depends on you. In Malaga they had it very clear. The goalkeepers are here to save us. The fans have been superb from the beginning. If you join wonderful. It’s easier for us to play like that.”
“I have the same certainties before as now. We were seconds behind Portugal. They cannot change my certainties for a few games at the end of the season. I have no doubts. We have to wait until September. We hope to be the first to qualify in two final phases in a row”.
Celebration after the game
“It’s improvised, but if it becomes routine it would be wonderful. We are glad to be able to give a joy to the fans of Malaga. They’ve turned around to acknowledge that support.”
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