Spain coach Luis Enrique insisted Tuesday that he’s the workforce’s chief within the absence of any apparent star participant, forward of their first World Cup sport in opposition to Costa Rica. World Cup winner and captain Sergio Busquets tends to maintain a low profile, whereas children like Ansu Fati and Pedri may in the future grow to be stars in their very own proper however are nonetheless growing. “The chief of the nationwide workforce must be the coach,” Luis Enrique informed a press convention the day earlier than Spain open their marketing campaign in opposition to Los Ticos.
“I’ve to say I’m the chief as a result of who will imagine in what I inform them, if there may be any doubt.
“I resolve who performs, once we journey, how we play, I’m a frontrunner who offers options to the workforce.
“I’m delighted to be right here, to debut as coach at a World Cup, get pleasure from this get together of soccer, have the final coaching session this afternoon and tackle the primary sport with pleasure.”
Spain have the third youngest squad on the World Cup, with Luis Enrique leaning on youthful skills whereas some older gamers like Sergio Ramos had been not noted of the squad.
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“It’s totally optimistic as a result of younger gamers deliver vitality to the workforce, we attempt to handle that with the expertise we’ve got as workers,” stated Luis Enrique.
The coach admitted that the worst second of the event to this point got here final week when he exercised that management, changing Jose Gaya with Alejandro Balde, after the Valencia defender suffered a sprained ankle.
Requested about Spanish reviews that Gaya’s ankle had already healed and he would have been capable of play within the event, Luis Enrique defined his selection.
“I take choices, if I took them by the guts, with what I really feel for Gaya and his professionalism, then he’d nonetheless be right here,” stated the coach.
“I’ve to take them with my head. Two of the three video games he wouldn’t have been 100% in, I used to be informed it was an damage that may final 10 to fifteen days. I needed to take the most effective determination for the workforce and the nation.
“Think about if I listened to what they wished after which Jordi Alba acquired injured, and I had no full-back for the primary sport, think about what you’ll say about me.
“I’ve to steer this workforce and select the most effective for it.”
Luis Enrique stated his lack of canopy at left-back additionally contributed to Gaya departing, whereas in different positions he may have waited for an injured participant to heal.
Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez stated he took a distinct method to management.
“I simply assist the leaders, I can facilitate them,” he informed a press convention later Tuesday.
“In my group I’ve totally different leaders. I can have a couple of of them so I can handle them. Bryan (Ruiz) is one, Keylor (Navas) is one other, Joel Campbell is one other.
“Now we have a distinct kind of management. Now we have to be sensible sufficient to know who the leaders are and assist them.”
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