Spain has had a rough Euro 2020 preparation, and the coach’s risks have only added to the instability rather than managing it. Luis Enrique is a tenacious man who knows what he wants, for better or worse.
Everything is great, according to the former Barcelona manager, from the team’s troubles in front of goal to their disorganized preparations after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19.
Spain’s issues have piled up, remembering their disastrous start to the 2018 World Cup, which ended with coach Julen Lopetegui being fired on the eve of the competition after agreeing to take over at Real Madrid.
There have been issues beyond Luis Enrique’s control, such as the coronavirus outbreaks. The squad was obliged to segregate and practice separately after Captain Busquets was hit initially. La Roja had only two days to prepare for their Group E opening against Sweden, which was slated to take place in Seville with temperatures in the mid-30s.
To acclimate, Spain has been practicing during the warmer hours of the day.
Luis Enrique, being the contrarian, stated, “I anticipated it to be hotter, to tell the truth. If there is one wonderful thing about humans, they can adapt. Despite having had a difficult week, we look forward to the future.”
The Under-21 side returned from vacation to play in place of Spain’s sequestered first squad in their last warm-up friendly against Lithuania. As a result, Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales protested that national broadcaster RTVE had moved the game from channel one (La 1) to ‘Teledeporte,’ a sports channel.
“On the first time in history, they’ve decided to switch a game scheduled for one channel to another. Today, we needed more help than ever before. This is not the way to respect the players, the national team, or the federation. I hoped they would treat the entire Spanish squad with greater respect and care, especially at a time of weakness,” Rubiales remarked.
The kids won 4-0, and the majority of them joined a distinct ‘parallel bubble’ of Spain players who trained apart from the isolated first-teamers. Carlos Soler, Pablo Fornals, and Brais Mendez were summoned back from vacation and put to work as backups in case of more favorable results.