August 6, 2021

Italy-Spain, Luis Enrique: “Tassotti? It’s been a long time”

The coach of Spain on the eve of the semifinal: “All available except Sarabia. The elbow is part of our football history, I have sometimes spoken with Mauro in recent years. And about Roma …”

“We are leaders in ball possession, but we face a team that manages the ball just as well.” Luis Enrique recognizes the change of identity of the Italian national team with respect to tradition. And on the eve of the semi-final of the Europeans, these are not the only words of appreciation from the Spain coach towards our country. “I love everything about Italy, if it were to beat us it would be the team I would cheer for in the final – assures ‘Lucho’ -. And when I can I always come back to visit it, it is always a pleasure to face it and it will also happen in October in the Nations League”.


His adventure on the Roma bench began ten years ago and ended in 2012: “I was younger but even then I was trying to play proactive football, it’s my identity. Leaving was my decision, Roma had proposed me to stay in There is no revenge on my part. De Rossi? I heard him in the past few weeks, now I’ll see him again. ” By now, even the famous elbow received by Tassotti in Usa ’94 has passed: “It’s been a long time, it’s part of our football history, but over the years I have spoken 3-4 times with Mauro and I met a good, honest person “.

Sarabia out, Laporte is there

If the Azzurri miss Spinazzola, Spain will have to do without Sarabia: “For the rest they are all available, Laporte did not train yesterday but recovered. He is an important player for us, strong in the head and capable of using well both feet “. Then Luis Enrique analyzes the characteristics of his team: “We are not very experienced, but that does not mean that we are not used to competing at this level. We must avoid being over-excited, even if it is a great opportunity. Over time in the national team c ‘It was a turnover of players, I tried to work on this. You can be part of this group regardless of the name and club you belong to. “

Weird Wembley

It will be a particular challenge at the level of the public, given the almost total impossibility of traveling to London for the Italian and Spanish fans: “England could reach the final and there would be many English supporters at the stadium – closes the Roja coach -. Apart from everything, I hope that tomorrow there will be Italian and Spanish fans at the stadium, rather than English. It is a situation that we cannot manage, it is useless to waste too much energy talking about it. “