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Luis Enrique on his list: “My goodness, the sticks they are going to give me”

We already know Luis Enrique’s List for the Qatar World Cup. Goalkeepers: Unai Simón, Robert Sánchez and David Raya. Defenses: Dani Carvajal, César Azpilicueta, Eric García, Hugo Guillamón, Pau Torres, Laporte, Jordi Alba and Gayá. Midfielders: Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Marcos Llorente, Pedri and Koke. Forwards: Ferrán Torres, Sarabia, Yeremy Pino, Morata, Asensio, Nico Williams, Ansu Fati and Dani Olmo.

Right after giving the list, the coach’s press conference and many questions on the table

perfect list for him

“All the coaches have some loss. I have a memory for Oyarzabal that he has not had time to recover. But it is not an apology. The players we have brought in give me full guarantees. This is the role of the coach and my goal is to motivate them to achieve his best version. First individually… and then as a collective. If we get that, I’ll be happy.”

self confidence

“With all the sticks that they give us out there, I have no doubts. If I have to convince the players, there are no doubts. There is no better coach than me in the history of world football. Whether it is true is another thing. I think. My goodness, the sticks they are going to give me”

Talk to the unsummoned and players who almost go

“I’m not going to answer the first one. It doesn’t matter what I say, the biased answer will come. Neither will the second one. It will be my fourth World Cup. This one from a different perspective. just as positive and optimistic as I hope it will be”

Doubt in attack

“There is no doubt. The two options were the position of striker and pivot. Either solution was just as effective as the one I took in the end. What is ugly is saying the names that have been left out. I understand your curiosity , but it would be quite ugly on my part. I speak of those who are there. But yes, Ansu Fati was one of the doubts”

only seven means

“I don’t see it that way. There are only three midfielders. I have different players who can act in an emergency. Dani Olmo or Asensio could play inside. The same thing happens to me with Hugo Guillamón, who favors playing as a pivot at Valencia. Thank you his positioning and how his team plays gives me a very valid option. With 26 I have more than covered all the positions. Whether it is the best or not… time will tell. In terms of what we considered important to get to this appointment, we arrived in the best way. Fulfilling our best expectations. We are not going to change our way of playing and we are going to be very brave. Aggressive when it comes to wanting to recover the ball. I don’t think there is anyone who says that we are a couple nice dance”

Ansu Fati

“It has been one of the doubts until the last minute. We bet on him before others. Ansu’s level is unquestionable. He has lived a difficult process. I had doubts until the last second. The illusion that I have in recovering the player has influenced Better Ansu. Is he close? Yes? No? We’ll see about this. He has played more at his club but it’s not permanent. I think it can be a great stimulus to return to a place like this, but there are doubts to clear up. We will see during the World Cup”

Only Morata like 9

“Of the eight, Álvaro is the most pure 9. Dani Olmo has already played the semifinals of the European Championship as a nine, Ferran plays on the wing but can play inside. Ansu can play inside. It doesn’t worry me at all and for us it is the position with which we have the most connection per game. The profile of that player is one that has to be associated well and I have not a single doubt that the potential of the strikers is very high. I have no doubt in that case “

Noise around Qatar

“No, it is a World Cup and it is the most important event. I am delighted to represent my country wherever it is necessary. It is evident that it is a country that is surrounded by conflictive situations. If you try to focus on the positive to generate a situation fairer or you just want to focus on the problems. I focus on football, I’m not a politician. I hope the quality of life is better in all parts of the world, but that’s not my job.”


“The World Cup is an event that greatly motivates everyone. I could not tell you a percentage. What we try to convey is an aspect of 90% confidence. Not to say a hundred, it will not be that someone has been confused in the last month”

Marco Asensio

“The critical point was the previous call that did not play anything and we decided to bring him apparently in the previous concentrations. The critical moment was in the previous one. In this one he has turned him around, his coach gives him more minutes and he has been decisive. For us he is a player who can play on the wing. A footballer who likes to get inside. He can also play false nine and can be unpredictable. Great shot, good physical level, great change of pace, quality to see the last pass. His situation has changed and I’m glad. He’s in an upward situation.”

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