Sunday, December 5

Luis Enrique: “We are on the wire”

“There is no longer any margin.” The defeat against Sweden (2-1) greatly complicates the outlook for Luis Enrique’s team. Spain had not lost a qualifying match for a World Cup for almost 30 years. It happened on March 31, 1993. The fall against the Swedish team hinders the way to the Qatar World Cup – 2022. “Now we are on the wire,” admitted the Asturian coach.

Spain is on the wire because it does not depend on itself to be first and arrive directly at the appointment, which will begin in November 2022. “The only thing I know is that Sweden is the first in the group,” said the coach, whom Four games await him: on Sunday in Badajoz against Georgia, on Wednesday in Pristina against Kosovo and then Greece-Spain and Spain-Sweden, which closes this phase in mid-November.

“I am convinced that we are going to overcome all adversities. And if we do not finish first then we will not play it in the repechage,” he said. Luis Enrique, hurt by “individual mistakes that must be corrected” and worried about the lack of consistency and balance of his team.

“I have no reproach in the attitude of my players, but we have lost many duels,” lamented the coach. “We have generated chances, but the cruel thing about the game was the draw. That goal made us doubt,” he confessed. Spain went ahead with a goal from Carlos Soler, the Valencia player who made his debut, but seconds later Sweden equaled the shock with Isak’s goal.

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“It has been a very complicated night, there is not much more to say. We have tried to change things, but we have not been able to draw,” he added.

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