Luis Enrique yearns for ‘adversity’ for euphoric Spain ahead of Germany clash | Spain

“That’s how much of an asshole I am,” said Luis Enrique. three days later Spain scored seven goals against Costa Rica, and on the eve of a match which – unless Costa Rica beats Japan – is an opportunity not only to secure a place in the round of 16 but also to eliminate Germany, the coach -chef said he would rather deal with failure than euphoria. The good news for Luis Enrique is that Hansi Flick’s side provide the perfect opponent to keep his players from relaxing.

“You always hope for the best when you’re about to debut, but maybe I didn’t expect such a version of us that was so, so strong,” he said of of the demolition of Costa Rica by Spain. “It was a pleasure and you appreciate it so much when you see the team working like that. But I feel better dealing with problems [than success]how much is one asshole [dickhead] I am.”

There was a laugh from a crowded press room in the media center. “Do not laugh,” Luis Enrique drawn back. The Spanish coach is from Gijón in the principality of Asturias, in the north of the country, and proud of it too. He has already mentioned Don Pelayo, who legend has it started the reconquest of Spain from Covadonga in the Asturian mountains, and for all that Luis Enrique is attached to a footballing vision, there is also a fight in him. Here he tapped into that challenge.

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“It’s true,” continued Luis Enrique. “I feel more comfortable when I have to lift my team, when everything is against us; this is where that Asturian blood shows through, where Gijón in me comes to the surface. I had very good times but it’s in the bad times, when they have to try to sink me that this character, this edge, comes out. This week has been very enjoyable but my essence, when I am the real me, shows in adversity.

For Spain it’s a shortage at the moment but the head coach has insisted they won’t fall into the trap of assuming it’s done. “We dealt with this [euphoria] as normally as possible,” he said. “It’s three points, no more. We talked about it. And Germany has all the necessary qualities so that we are not [over]confident. If we do that, they will crush us. They are a group of very intelligent players who know that you have to be fully focused. It’s a nice challenge.

“You look at the Germany shirt and you see four stars,” said Luis Enrique. “I played against them at 94 world Cup and their physical power was bestial. There was a big difference back then. Now, in terms of football, Spain is as high as any team. In fact, in the Fifa rankings, I think we are above them.

“It’s a team that always attacks, they want to be in the attacking half, it’s the national team that most resembles Spain. If anyone knows how to compete, it’s the Germany. If anyone can knock him down, it’s him. They have a lot of players who are world class, their history is there. They will want to control, dominate, have the ball, and that’s a nice challenge for us because we have the same objectives, but we are convinced that we can beat them.

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