July 26, 2021

Spain, Luis Enrique: ‘I love Italy, it will be a difficult and spectacular match’

Spain coach on Sky Sport: “It will be a fun and intense match between two teams trying to play the same way. We will never have to switch off and play every second at our best.” And on the relationship with Italy: “I’m in love with it, I’m sorry I was only in Rome for a year. I love the people of Italy, the food and obviously football”


Great connection with theItaly, fed in the times when he trained the Roma, and the certainty that the one against Mancini’s Azzurri will be a “great match“. So the coach of Spain Luis Enrique presents to the microphones of Sky Sport the semifinal of Euro 2020, scheduled for Tuesday night at 9pm at Wembley. “Italy playing the Spanish style makes the game much more difficult but also spectacular. The Azzurri play good football, dribble and know how to press well. It will be a fun and intense game with two teams trying to play the same way “.

“We will have to play every second to the fullest”

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Word of those who have not forgotten Italy. “A nation that I love through and through. I love Rome and I’m sorry I only stayed there one year, I love the people, the food, the pizza, the ice cream and of course football. Playing against Italy is always a pleasure, we will meet again as opponents in the Nations League in November. “At Tuesday’s match, Spain arrived after playing extra time against Croatia and Switzerland. After the quarterfinal match, the coach mentioned the short-term memory of the fish, asking his to forget the mistakes and think only of the next obstacles. “What should we not do at Wembley? I am sure we will not make the mistake of not playing the game from the first to the last minute – replies the coach – and to pull the plug. We will play every second to the max, true to our playing principles. Of this I am sure “.

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There is an image on all that binds the Luis Enrique footballer atItaly: it is that of the quarter-finals of Usa ’94, when the then Barcelona midfielder left the field of Foxboro Stadium in Boston with the bloody shirt and the fractured nose after a confrontation with Tassotti in the quarter-finals of the US World Cup. “The Tassotti episode is part of my career – he admits – I met Mauro some time ago and clarified everything. My players don’t even remember it“. From the crossroads of the past to those of the present. The one between Morata e Chiellini, teammates at Juventus and opponents in the national team, will be a challenge in the challenge: “I don’t need to talk to Morata, I need to create the right spaces for him – replies Luis Enrique – he knows Chiellini very well, they are friends and teammates. I don’t have to tell him anything, he knows him better than me. “

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The Spanish coach also showed his preparation for the match on social networks with a tweet. “We prepare ourselves as best we can“the words of the coach with a selfie attached that shows in the background two screens with the quarter-final between Spain and Switzerland. Details that can make the difference for Luis Enrique who, like Mancini, chasing his first final as coach.