With the encouraging memory of the November beating to Germany (6-0) that gave them the qualification for the final four of the League of Nations, La Roja starts this Thursday against Greece, in Granada (20.45, La 1), the qualifying phase for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Georgia, which they visit on Sunday, Kosovo, which they host on Wednesday 31st in Seville, and Sweden, again with Ibrahimovic on their roster, are the other three teams with the that Spain will compete for the first place in the group that gives direct access to the World Cup. The repechage route will be for the 10 best seconds and the two best teams in the ranking of the League of Nations. There will be six single-match qualifiers that will lead to three finals from which three winners will come with the ticket to Qatar.
An affordable path in principle, although the coach in these days of concentration has reminded his internationals that there is no World Cup in which a team of a similar level to Spain has not been left out: “I have already given them a tail these days . We are going to try to do our homework from match one. I have not seen the players wander or vegetate, and that reassures me beyond the fact that we can be more or less correct, ”said the Asturian coach.
Luis Enrique is very convinced of the game model with which Spain swept the Germans. That scoring and game feast served to inoculate an enthusiasm that the national team had not transmitted for a long time. “We do not change, ours is to take control of the ball and try to be effective in the pressure. The Germany thing is just history, before I always said that I liked what I saw, but the results did not reflect the game. But whoever thinks that by beating Germany 6-0 we are going to beat Greece by a landslide, knows nothing about football, ”the coach stressed.
The coach’s ideology is very demanding from the physical and this three-game window comes at the time of the season in which the clubs are fully immersed in the fight to meet their objectives. “It is almost unlikely that anyone will play the 90 minutes of the three games. We are lovers of controlling loads ”, announced Luis Enrique. The plan to distribute minutes is not only aimed at protecting the health of the players. The Spanish coach argues that changing a lot is what allows the team to maintain the pressure at high revolutions during most of the games.
These three meetings are the last before Luis Enrique announces the list for the European Championship. More than in the shortlist of rivals that await Spain in the next seven days, the attraction is more in seeing the fit of Pedri and Bryan Gil, the two great novelties of the call together with right-back Pedro Porro and goalkeeper Robert Sánchez. Pedri must be embedded in the arteries of the midfield, which was the basis of the successes of the golden age. Bryan Gil has the test of being unbalanced against rivals who will play very close. “What I see is a high-level player. But you have to let him continue to grow and continue making mistakes and getting it right, ”said the coach about the Barça midfielder. “Bryan Gil is key in our football style, he has overflow, goal and interprets very well when he has to press,” he said about the Eibar winger. On who will occupy the goal did not give clues. From the November appointments, Unai Simón came out very reinforced.
If Luis Enrique is convinced of his plan, so are the players. “Our level is very competitive. Every day we understand each other better. The base is very good and if we have the ball we can beat any team, “said Álvaro Morata. The Greece of the Dutch Van’t Schip, a disciple of Cruyff, will test the assembly. “I don’t think they are as dominant as their group in the League of Nations. The control will be ours, but we will have to be attentive to the transitions and not to grant set pieces ”, predicted Luis Enrique.