Mondial 2022 I After Spain – Costa Rica (7-0) I Luis Enrique is jubilant: “I told you…”

Luis Enrique did not lack ambition before the World Cup. He is not going to revise them downwards after Spain’s first match in the World Cup. La Roja added clinical efficiency to a dazzling collective display to blast a pale Costa Rica side (7-0). His coach did not try to hide his total satisfaction after the demonstration of these men. “I had announced it to you throughout these ten daysurs, he launched into the microphone of the Spanish channel TVE. And when things turn out like this, football becomes a fearsome sport.”
Hard to say that Spain didn’t play great. Its collective superiority, in line with a Euro and a League of Nations where it had already distinguished itself in this area, proved brilliantly against overwhelmed Costa Ricans. The Barcelona trio impressed, in particular, with a Sergio Busquets in his best version, a stunning accuracy and precision Pedri, and an ever more promising Gavi, author of a clear volley to become the youngest scorer in a Cup of world since Pelé in 1958.

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The Spanish midfield symbolized the mastery of La Roja, but it is far from being the only satisfaction for Luis Enrique. His choice to associate Rodri with Aymeric Laporte in a hinge, it is true little encouraged, also proved promising for the rest of the competition. On the sides, Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta also made a good copy. But it is the Spanish efficiency that must be remembered, because it is often there that the shoe pinches for Spain. With seven goals from seven shots on target, including a gem from Dani Olmo, she couldn’t be more realistic.

“Praise is getting weaker”

In the end, it was a full game from Spain, perhaps the most impressive team in the tournament so far. “He was a tough opponent who was going to cause problems but we were exceptional with and without the ballrejoiced Luis Enrique. Our only objective is to permanently dominate the game, and for this we must have the ball, so that the rival runs out and finds little space. We were exceptional in pressing and the seizures that took part were superb. But we still have room for improvement.”

In the game, it may be difficult to do better. In the head, it is now that the hardest part begins for Spain. One of the challenges for the Spaniards will be not to let the euphoria take over. But that doesn’t worry Luis Enrique. “We’re going to celebrate, we’ll all have dinner together, but tomorrow (Thursday, editor’s note), we’ll start preparing for the match against Germanyhe promised at a press conference. The praise becomes weaker, even if it is true that it is much better to prepare for a match under these conditions. And I know how my players are.”

Beaten by Japan (1-2) to everyone’s surprise, the Germans will be on the edge when facing Spain. Luis Enrique knows it. But he won’t change anything in his game plan. “We will play against Germany in the same way as tonightannounced the Spanish coach. Obviously Germany is a great power, they can beat us. But we will play the same way. And I have no doubt that the players will play the match with the same winning spirit as tonight. If not more“. Hansi Flick and his men have been warned.

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