Luis Enrique has spoken ahead of Spain’s World Cup match with Japan on Thursday.
“We are in the group of death. We want to win and top the group,” he said in quotes transcribed by Marca.
On Gavi and Rodri’s fitness
“When you have 26 players at full strength and you have a player injured, it has an effect, of course. We’re going to wait for the training session. Yesterday Gavi and Rodrigo wanted to train, but I didn’t let them. Let’s see, there’s no need to force them. We’re going to train and if they’re fine, they’ll be fine. And if not, there are other players.”
“He was the last one to make the squad. There are eight forwards and it was the position where I had the most doubts. I am delighted with what they are doing in training. For me, it’s a pity that eight players haven’t played yet, but there’s nothing else to do. What they have to do is what they do, train well to help us. I’m delighted with the attitude of the eight forwards, I have eight forwards who are flying.”
Being first or second in Group E
“It’s a big question and it’s something that we’ve asked ourselves… But imagine. We’re 0-0 in both games… and in the 95th minute of both games Japan and Costa Rica score. You are out. We want to come first and then to win a World Cup you have to beat the best.”
What do you think of Brazil?
“I hope we meet, and if we do, it will be because we have both finished first. They are the clear favourites and have a very clear style of play. After that, the rest of the favourites are determined by the FIFA ranking.”
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