Luis Enrique: “Any one of my 23 players could start.”

Luis Enrique spoke to the media on Thursday and discussed Spain’s difficult week ahead of Euro 2020.

On the squad’s state of mind

They have been excellent and are training very well. There is also a really positive frame of mind within the camp and this has been a small setback. We’re preparing for a major tournament and that’s top of the players’ minds. We only strive to control what we can.

On Sergio Busquets

We were unaware of the positive within his family and that is why he played in Friday’s game against Portugal. We’ve been rigorous in observing all covid protocols and it’s not about looking for those to blame. He is feeling well and has no symptoms.

On Aymeric Laporte

He’s adapted really well and is a great member of the group.

On the Spain squad

Any one of my 23 players could start, they are all excellent players. I still feel we are one of the favourites for the competition and have no problem with that.

On the positive Covid-19 case

We didn’t feel that we would get any positive cases as our protocol was so stringent, but as soon as this happened we created a Plan B immediately. We have called up the extra players simply as a ‘Plan B’ in the case should we have any more setbacks.

On players being vaccinated

This is something the medics are looking at and as far as I’m aware there is no official vaccination plan for the squad.

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