The welcome of local rocker Miguel Rios received the entrance of Luis Enrique's players to the Los Cármenes grass, announcing a night that could be lent to a win. It was not so. Spain crashed into the Greek wall. The unexpected draw complicates the group, where Ibrahimovic's Sweden, after their triumph against Georgia, have found an unexpected advantage. The tie is the first of the Red under the direction of Luis Enrique
The stumble already makes all the matches transcendental to be able to aspire to the first place of the group that gives direct access to the Qatar World Cup 2022 . Or to reach second place through the repechage between the second group. Although Spain, as a finalist in the League of Nations, would still have access to two of the places that complete the top ten seconds. This Sunday, in Georgia, what seemed to be a procedure, has become a final.
Spain Unai Simón, Gayá, Sergio Ramos (Íñigo Martínez, min. 45), Marcos Llorente, Eric Garcia, Canales ( Bryan Gil Salvatierra, min. 64), Rodrigo, Koke (Thiago, min. 71), Ferrán Torres (Oyarzabal, min. 71), Dani Olmo (Pedri, min. 64) and MorataGreciaVlachodimos, Konstantinos Tsimikas (Kyriakopoulos, min. 79 ), Papadopoulos, Michalis Bakakis, Tzavelas, Zeca, Bouchalakis, Giorgos Masouras (Fortounis, min. 64), Dimitris Limnios (Manolis Siopis, min. 45), Petros Mandalos (Christos Tzolis, min. 45) and Bakasetas (Georgios Giakoumakis, min. 77) Goals1-0 min. 32: Morata. 1-1 min. 56: Bakasetas Yellow cards Íñigo Martínez (min. 54), Zeca (min. 80) and Georgios Giakoumakis (min. 82)
The setback caused the president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, to go down to the pitch to wait for Luis Enrique will finish his appearance before televisions. Then he accompanied the coach to the dressing room tunnel, encouraging him and commenting on the issues of the game. Already in the press room, the coach repeatedly pronounced the words finesse and freshness to explain the tie. "Obviously we did not expect the result, I think we have deserved another even though we have not generated the flow of chances or have had the finesse to overcome such an orderly team and be able to score more goals", analyzed the coach
The eleven that arranged the Asturian coach invited to think about a feast, because they repeated nine of the eleven players who starred in the thrashing of Germany (6-0) in November. Marcos Llorente for Sergi Roberto and Eric García for Pau Torres were the two novelties with respect to that team that rekindled the flame of a team with the scoring ability of its attackers much questioned. "It was not about supporting those who played against Germany, because that was in November and neither the form states of the players nor the rival are the same," said the coach.
"They don't tell me anything, nor do they worry me, The advantageous statistics that say we've only won one of the last five games, I don't care. We have had 80 percent of possession and that means that we have been well positioned for pressure and that the players have been physically at a spectacular level ”, he added. "Faced with an opponent withdrawn with that physical level, we have lacked more freshness and finesse," reiterated Luis Enrique. “With so many players accumulating to defend we needed to be much more inspired. You can define it as you want, inventive or be more clairvoyant in the last meters. ”
Regarding the debutants, Pedri and Bryan Gil, Luis Enrique explained that the individual marking on the Barça midfielder prevented him from shining. “Pedri still has many international matches to play as he knows. Bryan has done what he does at Eibar. Faced with a rival who closes in, he has an imbalance and has been very good. ”
Asked about the change to rest of Sergio Ramos , who did not play the last league game with Madrid, Luis Enrique revealed that it was agreed. “We spoke before the game that he would only play half time. He came from an injury and after a blow to his team, but he is fit to play the next two games. ”
Regarding Iñigo Martínez's penalty, the coach preferred not to comment. “Now I am the one who has to find solutions so that we can improve in that last third of the field in which we have not generated enough chances. Even so, we should have won with the result that was on the scoreboard before the penalty kick, ”he concluded.
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