Mauricio Pochettino on Luis Enrique, Gavi, Pedri and Spain at World Cup

Speaking in an interview with AS, Mauricio Pochettino discussed Luis Enrique, Gavi Pedri and Spain at the 2022 World Cup.

“We saw a great Spain side against Costa Rica. I watched the Spain-Germany match. Without being a great Germany, they controlled Spain and were able to pick up a draw in the end. There has been a lot of talk about Spain because of the 7-0 win over Costa Rica, but you have to be cautious with your analysis.”

What are your thoughts on Luis Enrique?

“He’s doing a great job, he’s shown that everywhere he’s been. The other thing… I don’t have an opinion on because I’m ignorant. I don’t even know what it’s called (he refers to the Twitch streaming that the Spanish coach does every night). I value him as a coach on the pitch and in what he says to the press. He is a great coach, I have a great appreciation for him through Iván de la Peña, who is a brother to me and also to him.”


“He is a tremendous talent. He is a young boy who has to keep learning, but with the humility he has on the pitch, he will do it for sure. He covers 13 kilometres in games! He’s the one who runs the most in matches. That speaks of his character, of what we can expect to see in the future. Football is not about running, but if you have the ability to do that you can improve and use the spaces better.”


“Another incredible talent, he seems to play in slow motion. It looks like he needs to breathe, to have a break to be able to show all the talent he has shown before. We’re talking about Gavi and Pedri like Xavi and Iniesta. It’s incredible that these kinds of players come out of Spain and I’m sure they’re going to be fundamental in the future.”


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