10/04/2021 at 11:41 PM CEST
Spain will face Italy this Wednesday (8:45 pm) in the first of the UEFA Nations League semi-finals. It will be the repetition of the semifinals of the recent European Championship, in which the transalpinos prevailed in the penalty shootout before lifting the title against England, in a final resolved also from eleven meters. The team led by Luis Enrique has the opportunity to remove his thorn now defeating the Italians, who also act as hosts.
Luis Enrique, however, has assured in an interview to the official UEFA website that he does not face the duel with an air of revenge and points out that the Nations League was already a goal in his notebook even before that fateful semifinal against the team directed by Roberto Mancini: “Before the Euro started it was already an attractive proposition: to play against Italy in Italy. It is a competition that we would love to win and, curiously, we will play against the reigning European champions in their country. ”
With everything, the Asturian coach said he was “looking forward to the game”. And he pointed out that it will be a good touchstone to see the level of Spain: “It will be a very interesting game to see what performance we are capable of offering before a mainly Italian public and against the current European champions. You do not need more motivation than that. “.
Style is non-negotiable
Luis Enrique outlined the main lines of his footballing philosophy, which he defined in three words: “attack, pressure and ambition”. “The most important word is attack,” he asserts: “When we sit down to choose a team, the first thing we look at is what it can offer in attack. The type of players that are our midfielders, centrals and defenders is of an offensive nature. They have to have good technique, as we try to play the ball from behind so that it reaches our attackers in the best possible way. “
The Spanish coach continues with the concept of pressure: “We attack in a specific way to be in a position where we can press after loss.” And he concludes with the definition of ambition: “We want to say that we play the same in every game, regardless of who we face and the result.”
In short, that style is non-negotiable: “I don’t have many doubts about how I want my team to play, because I am convinced that it is the best way to achieve victory. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, but It is the style that I know and like, so it is the one that I am going to use, because I have been doing it since I was the coach of Barça B“.