Luis Enrique: I struggle to choose the squad… and I have no regrets
Coach Luis Enrique admitted that Spain’s performance in the Nations League made it difficult for him to choose the starting line-up, and that the team finished the tournament without regrets after losing to France in the final. Spain, who beat European champions Italy in the semi-finals, squandered their lead to lose 2-1 to the world champions in Milan. And the Spain coach told a press conference: “We beat the European champions and we were close to beating the world champions, so it’s good for the players and the team, and every time it becomes more difficult to choose the starting lineup and this is good for us.” It is important that the team does not change its style and desire to win. Mikel Oyarzabal gave Spain the lead in the 64th minute at the San Siro stadium, but France equalized two minutes later through Karim Benzema, and Kylian Mbappe decided France’s victory in the 80th minute with a controversial goal. Luis Enrique said: “We didn’t lack anything and it was painful to score a few moments after our lead because France was at its worst. What are we missing?” nothing at all. We must maintain our confidence in the coming months and focus on what we are doing Spain players protested against Mbappe’s goal, which the referee awarded after Spain defender Eric Garcia touched the ball to reach the France striker, who was in an offside position. Luis Enrique added: “I don’t want to say anything, I’m not used to talking about referees and I focus on what we’re doing, I want to talk but I won’t interfere in the match.” I have been a coach for more than ten years and have never spoken ill of referees. I focus on giving my team the best it can and accepting winning and losing.