Spain coach Luis Enrique said criticism of his squad selection for the Nations League final tournament did not concern him, with the former Barcelona boss lashing out at the Spanish media for a lack of knowledge of its decisions.
“I do not read, I do not listen, what is said about a squad selection does not interest me. I have selected the 23 players that I see the best prepared for this Final Four, that I have right or not, we’ll see, “he told a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final against Italy in San Siro. “I don’t read because I think I know a lot more about football than you guys and I have a lot more information. There isn’t any opinion I could read that might interest me,” he added.
Injuries to forwards Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno have led Enrique to name a side without a recognized center-forward after choosing not to call Sevilla striker Rafa Mir or Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas. But the Spain coach said he was not concerned about the absence of a conventional striker, adding that he had six or seven players who were of an attacking nature.
“It’s not about a single player. We don’t attack with a single player like we don’t defend with only one,” he said. “We’re going to adapt to a rival, try to create more chances, to keep the ball because it’s vital. For us it’s an exciting game with nothing to lose and a lot to gain,” he said. -he adds.
Enrique, who has yet to name a Real Madrid player to his squad, has defended his persistence with Barcelona center-back Eric Garcia, despite criticism of his recent form. “I can see it very well. If you haven’t been criticized or vilified then you haven’t played for a big club,” he said.
After losing to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, Spain will seek revenge against Roberto Mancini’s side and Enrique has said he expects a high-level game. quality. “My plan, as always, is to go early on and play with ambition. There are a lot of players who couldn’t join us, and I’m sorry for them, but here we are with a crackle. squad, ”he said.
“I don’t like to worry about what’s going to happen – we have to compete for possession with Italy and establish our way of playing. There is only one way to win and that is to play in our style “. Thursday’s semi-final will see world champion France take on Belgium in Turin.
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