The coach announced his appointments to play in the World Cup. The big surprise is Ansu Fati's summons
This is how Luis Enrique informed the 26 summoned from Spain
The moment of truth has arrived for the countries that will seek maximum glory between November and December. Spain was one of the teams that was ahead of the deadline to announce the list of 26 summoned that will travel to the World Cup in Qatar, where they will share the group with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.
Coach Luis Enriquegave a press conference where he publicized his chosen ones to try to repeat what was done during South Africa 2010, when they lifted the cup in a memorable victory against the Netherlands in the final.
“The making of any list involves decision making. I sincerely believe that there are players who have been left out of this list who, due to their merits, could be, I am the first to admit that, but I must also say that the feeling of fullness and satisfaction that I have when facing this World Cup with these 26 players is total and maximum. I think he is coming at his best moment”, declared the DT.
The detail is the large number of young people among the 26: Eric García (21 years old), Hugo Guillamón ( 22), Gavi (18), Pedri (19), Ferrán Torres (22), Nico Williams (20), Yeremy Pino (20) and Ansu Fati (20) are the youngest surnames in the call. Although it should not be taken into account that there are several more under 25 years of age, such as Unai Simón, Robert Sánchez, Pau Torres, Carlos Soler and Dani Olmo.
“Yeremy Pino regularly comes to the national team. he is growing as a player. He brings together all the things we want for wide players. Ansu is in that process of recovering from what Ansu is the player he was before the injury, he is fully recovered, surely it could be assessed when he is going to recover his previous level. We are waiting for that”, he analyzed about two of the young people who are on his payroll.
The path of La Furia Roja will begin on Wednesday, November 23 with the clash before Costa Rica, will then face the Germans on Sunday 27th and close their way in Group E against Japan on Thursday 1st December.
“I have a rule not to talk about absences because what arouses the most morbidity are clearly those who are not there, but it happens to the coach of England, Cameroon, Ghana, Brazil… I am not going to assess the players who are not on the list”, he stated, taking into account that surnames with experience and trajectory in the selected one were left out.
Sergio Ramos and Piqué were on the preliminary list, but were not called up for the World Cup (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)
Among the names that are not included, the experienced Sergio Ramos< /b> and Gerard Piqué (who announced his retirement days ago), although goalkeeper David De Gea had also been left out of the preliminary list.. “At first I will not answer. No matter what you say, one way or another it will be distorted and the information will arrive in a biased way. I'm not going to answer”, explained the DT when they insisted on the PSG defender. “Piqué was on the prelist because for me when I give the prelist he is an active, professional player and for me one of the best central defenders. He is a competitive machine, or he was. When I make the list of 55 I clearly think not as a first option, ”he added.
Undoubtedly, the 20-year-old attacker from Barcelona is the big surprise among those summoned, considering that after his professional debut he had a major interruption in his career as a result of a sensitive injury that prevented him from returning to his highest level. “Ansu Fati was one of the doubts until the last minute. I know him very well because we bet on him even before others. His football level is unquestionable, but he has experienced a difficult process on a personal, football level. He is in a process of change. He didn't come to the last call because he didn't see it. In this I had doubts until the last minute. What influenced? The illusion that we have in going back to recover the best version of Ansu. Is near? Yes, no… We'll see about this”, admitted Luis Enrique.
“Ansu Fati has been one of the doubts until the last minute”, acknowledged the DT
One of the most interesting moments of Luis Enrique's conference occurred towards the end when a journalist asked him: “Have you ever doubted that you are the ideal person to be the Spain coach?” The DT gave a brief laugh and stated: “How can I doubt that? With all the sticks that they give us out there and they fire the coaches every 15 minutes, on top of that we are going to doubt… No, I am the best coach on the face of the earth. Without a doubt. I am calm that the criticism will come. I have no doubts, if I have to convince my players of an idea and they see me hesitating… There is no better coach than me in the history of world football. That's what I think! Then another thing is that it's reality, which obviously isn't true, but I believe it”.
And before the next question he returned to his sayings: “Mother! mine the sticks that they are going to give me! The headline: he is the best coach in the history of football. Not bad, you like it huh. ”.
Goalkeepers: Unai Simón (Athletic Club), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion, England) and David Raya (Brentford, England)
Defender: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea, England), Eric García (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamón (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte ( Manchester City, England), Jordi Alba (Barcelona) and José Gayá (Valencia).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo Hernández (Manchester City ), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (PSG, France), Marcos Llorente (Atlético Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona) and Koke (Atlético Madrid).
Forwards< /b>: Ferrán Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal), Álvaro Morata (Atlético Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (PSG, France), Dani Olmo (Leipzig, Germany) and Ansu Fati (Barcelona).
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