Luis Enrique: ‘We appreciate what the players do in the national team’

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“Anyone who has been on a list can come back and that’s how it has been seen,” explains the Spanish coach about the absence of Ramos, Aspas or Ansu Fati.

Luis Enrique in his purest form. The Spanish coach has been true to himself to defend what is his final call-up ahead of the one he will pick for the World Cup in Qatar in less than two months. Despite the continuity in the list, far removed from those constant changes of his early days with Spain, the absences again outweighed the presence in a press conference with a relaxed atmosphere, yes.

“I already know that every time there’s a list, not all players join and the ones that aren’t are news, but I want to talk about those who are on the list. It’s more morbid, but I don’t want to get into that game. I’ll take the 25 players I consider. I know them and anyone who has been on a list can come back and that’s how it has been seen,” negotiated the Asturian coach as soon as the names of Iago Aspas, Sergio Ramos or Ansu Fati appeared in the questions, the great absentees, whose names the weigh-in despite not being part of the roster for a long time.

And it is that Luis Enrique stays true to his style book, which means that he follows his personal criteria and those of his staff in the selection that goes beyond the performance of every player in his club. In that sense, the continuity of Asensio, Jordi Alba or Ferran Torres in the national team was surprising despite Ancelotti and Xavi’s lack of confidence in Madrid and Barça. “Marco made an exceptional call for the month of June, well above what we expected and also with an exceptional level of commitment. I want the player to see that what he does in the national team is important. I would rather they play for their clubs, but there is no magic formula, not even in the case of Jordi Alba or Ferran Torres. The context of the selection is very different,” explains Lucho in this regard.

In addition to absences and disputed calls, two players are making their debuts with Spain in this final squad window ahead of the World Cup: Nico Williams and Borja Iglesias. “We already know Nico from the lower categories and we see his progression. He is a broad player and as a pure winger he must also know how to play indoors. I think he’s in that process of improvement, including on goal,” he said of the Athletic winger.

«I already know Borja very well because the year I was with Celta he was in the subsidiary and he came already in the last part of the year to train with us. He has the level to associate a goal… I really like his style, always smiling on the pitch,” he continued regarding the Betis striker, a specific striker for the call along with Álvaro Morata.

Source: La Verdad

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