Spain were 1-0 down at the 1st half and needed Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo in injury time to save the game.

Luis Enrique is very worried about the game in Kosovo

Spain ended up with three points against Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday, but coach Luis Enrique was not very happy with the performance. Spain were 1-0 down at the 1st half and needed Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo in injury time to save the game. “I have no doubts. The national team comprises players who have come here and ten more players who can get here. Not much more,” he said after the game. “I am very worried about the game in Kosovo. If we lack football, precision, finesse or freshness, we will play with it all. Heart, head or something like that, but Spain should be in the next World Cup, and we are not contemplating not being there.”

Pedri was very good alongside Jordi Alba

“And we already see that the opponents are not giving away anything easily. We suffer more with these teams than Switzerland, the quarterfinalists at the World Cup or Germany or Ukraine. I am more than worried about this next game”. Luis Enrique believes the team started off slowly but capitalised on the opponents’ tiredness as the game grew. “In the 1st half, there was not enough courage. And in the second half, as a result of fatigue, we generated more chances,” he said. “In the end, a goal from Dani Olmo arrived in time, which was great for us. Against Kosovo, I imagine a match of a similar nature.”

 

The coach then praised the teenager Pedri who played the whole match. “Pedri in the first half was quite similar to the whole team, and, in the second, he showed the kind of player he is and the qualities that he has,” the coach noted.

“Pedri was very good with Jordi Alba, with whom he has a good understanding,” he added. Sergio Ramos didn’t feature, and Luis Enrique clarified that he made a decision as a boss and held on to him despite the inevitable questions that will be directed his way. “Sergio is in perfect condition, and his absence was a technical decision,” explained Luis Enrique. “I know that everything I do will cause controversy, whether Ramos played for five minutes, ninety minutes or not. I’m used to it now, and nothing surprises me. I’m ready to debate,” he said.