Johan Cruyff left a legacy of overwhelming, incontestable judgments about the game of football. To argue his unlimited belief in one-on-one as an infallible remedy against ultra-defensive schemes that limit spaces, Cruyff repeated: "There is no system that resists dribbling." Overflow and depth was what Luis Enrique's Spain barely had to make Greece's armor jump (1-1) at the start of the qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup. This Sunday (18.00, La 1), Georgia will examine in Tbilisi if there is an improvement in the offensive game of La Roja, which collapsed last Thursday in Granada
After the draw with the Helena team, Spain needs the three points to avoid putting at risk the first place in the group that gives direct access to the World Cup of Qatar 2022. The margin of error is reduced if the coach and his players do not want to be doomed to a play-off as one of the 10 second-team teams in the group or as one of the two that access by ranking of the last Nations League, to whose final four Spain is classified.
From the analysis of the match against the Greeks, Luis Enrique has drawn two great conclusions. “In the eleven years that I have been a coach, Greece has been the best game in defense for a team of mine. Unai Simón did not have to stop a ball with his hands, we did not make fouls and we did not concede corners and that makes me optimistic, but we have to improve in the offensive phase, but it is not easy. It was not even with the Barça of the trident ”, warned the selector.
In the search for attacking solutions, Luis Enrique has drawn a line between what he can contribute as a coach so that his players reach the vicinity of the rival area. From there, he has chosen to appeal to individual and collective inspiration. “There is no pill or exercise to get inspired. We try to help the player, we have quality and it will appear. If you find a site that sells one of those inspiration pills, buy it for me. In the end, when you take a rival like Greece into that defensive situation, that part belongs to the footballer. In the end, it is the player who has to resolve these situations. ”
In his reasoning for dismantling Georgia, if his proposal is similar to that of Greece, Luis Enrique points to the need to generate a better and greater inner combinatorial game that serves to facilitate the game on the outside of the ends and sides. "I don't know what Georgia will do because they only have one game with the new coach, we have to be prepared for any scenario. There are spaces to play inside and out. When you generate plays through the center lane, what you generate is that you can attack better from the outside. Attacking on the wing is one of the options, but let's not forget the need to attack from within. ”
Without naming any particular footballer, Luis Enrique's arguments invite us to think of Jordi Alba, Pedri and Bryan Gil as possible starters against Georgia. Alba, who has returned to the calls in this three-game window, was not used against Greece despite the fact that his moment of form is superior to that of Gayà.
's wishbone The azulgrana has only been cited by Luis Enrique when he has reached peak performance peaks. His absences from the national team seem to act as a trigger for his growth during the seasons. At the beginning of his first stage as a coach, which began after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Luis Enrique did not call him up for the first matches and Alba responded with one of the most spectacular starts to the season in his memory. Now, after being out of the last three calls, one due to injury, he has once again displayed himself as one of the best left-backs in the world. There are few players in his position who better understand when to break into space in transition or in static attack to make their team deeper
As a dribbler, Bryan Gil can be another safe bet to give Spain the overflow that it did not have. against Greece except in the long 20 minutes that Luis Enrique gave him. He was the only one of the internationals who registered dribbles in the statistics of the match. And for a greater volume of play inside, Pedri is another claim
Blackout in training and a shower with flashlights
The training of the Spanish team in Tbilisi took on surreal overtones. Shortly after the session began, two spontaneous ones jumped onto the field and addressed the group of players, although they were intercepted by security members. The next setback was a power outage that interrupted training after half an hour. As the light did not return, Luis Enrique sent his players to the locker room. There the Spanish internationals used the flashlights of their mobile phones to shower.
Training of the Spanish team at the Boris Paichadze stadium in Tbilisi in Georgia PHOTO RFEFRFEF / rfef
The setbacks in the previous one add to the uncertainty generated by Georgia in Luis Enrique for the recent change of coach. The French Willy Sagnol, former Bayern Munich player, made his debut on Thursday at Sweden-Georgia (1-0). "Against Sweden the possession was very even, 51% and 49%, and Georgia had more chances to score," warned the Spanish coach. Sagnol has replaced Slovak Vladimir Weiss, who resigned in November after the play-off loss to North Macedonia that
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