BARCELONA – Luis Enrique is not carried away by appearances. With France eliminated, Switzerland appears to Spain as a “very difficult” rival and at all times avoided accepting the role of favorite, although it made it clear that in the entire tournament it has not seen any team superior to Spain.
“The luck or misfortune that we have, it will be seen, is that the two teams know each other well. It will be a very complicated rival, it is one of the best blocks of the tournament although the same for the fans they do not have many names,” said the Spanish coach, who recalled the two games played between both teams in the Nations League. “In Valdebebas we were superior, although it was not easy … But in both games we were very good.”
“The attitude of the whole team is very good although it is true that there were some individual errors,” he revealed referring to the last minutes of the match against Croatia, when the Balkan team managed to force extra time with two goals.
“We are one of the best teams in defense and I complained about what we did with the ball in those last minutes,” he said, highlighting his team’s ability to react in critical or difficult moments.
Regarding Unai Simón’s mistake in Croatia’s first goal, Luis Enrique asked “not to be martyred … The mistake does not matter so much as what you do after the mistake and you have to think about it after the game. The problem would be a mistake by concept, not execution “and recalled a maxim of Rafa Nadal:” He always says that you have to have the memory of a fish and he is right. If you miss a ball, there is no use thinking about that ball, you have to go for the next one. It’s what Unai did and deserves an A’s. “
“I have full confidence in the 24 players who are here, anyone can play but I still do not know; tomorrow I will decide” he resolved without wanting to give hints of a lineup that does not promise many variations with respect to the match against Croatia and once again made clear his maximum respect for the Swiss national team.
“At the time I spoke well of Ukraine and look where it is now … Switzerland has a coach with a lot of experience. You know that they are going to cause you a lot of problems because they show themselves for what they are, a team that is difficult to beat and that opts for everything. , like us”.
“No,” he answered dryly when asked if he had seen a better team than the Spanish in the European Championship, closing with a proclamation of absolute confidence in the physical tone of his players after extra time on Monday against the Croats: “We did not it is going to condition … The numbers we have from the GPS are impressive and I would say that we are physically full ”.